Jimmy Butler Says He Had Nothing to Do with Trainer Blasting Bulls After Trade

Jimmy Butler‘s trainer, Travelle Gaines, made news Thursday when he criticized the Chicago Bulls front office, but the three-time All-Star insisted he wasn’t behind it.

“I don’t control what he says,” Butler said Friday, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s his own person. We’ll talk about it [afterward] obviously, but I don’t control what he says on social media. That’s his. There’s no right in me to tell him what he can or cannot do.”

Cowley noted Gaines lashed out at Bulls general manager Gar Forman in a since-deleted tweet, saying “0-82. Worst culture in the league. I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows.”

The tweet came after the Minnesota Timberwolves announced they traded for Butler and the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s draft (Justin Patton). Chicago received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft (Lauri Markkanen).

         

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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