Jimmy Butler Sends Thank You to Derrick Rose After Trade

By Staff  |  06/23/2016

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose

Following news of Derrick Rose's trade to the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls' other star Jimmy Butler sent his teammate a thank you.

The Bulls swingman took to Instagram to thank his now-former teammate, who he calls his "brother", for being "a supportive teammate and friend".

"You taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette," Butler wrote in the caption of a photo of the two together. "For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you're going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come."

My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette. For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you're going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come.

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Rose has been shipped to the Knicks this week, in exchange for center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant.