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Jimmy Butler had 'positive' meeting with Bulls on Monday

Jimmy Butler had 'positive' meeting with Bulls on Monday
Published On: Tue, Jun 06
May 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler represents his team during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. The Philadelphia 76ers received the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Back in Chicago after spending much of the last month working out in Los Angeles, Jimmy Butler had what one source described as a "positive" season-ending exit meeting with management Monday.

Butler spoke briefly with team officials on April 29, the day after the Celtics eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs. Both sides agreed to meet more substantively after taking some time to decompress, a plan management also employed with Dwyane Wade.

Management has been consistent with its message to Butler, the subject of trade rumors both last June and this February. Executive vice president John Paxson has said the franchise greatly values their three-time All-Star, isn't looking to trade him but has to listen to any interest out of due diligence.

Butler has been consistent with his feelings as well " that he wants to not only remain with the Bulls but win with the Bulls and be a centerpiece of that effort.

The Bulls and Celtics engaged in serious trade talks last June centered on Butler and the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, which the Bulls would've used to select Providence guard Kris Dunn.

But the Bulls failed to reach organizational consensus on whether to undertake a full rebuild after previously trading Derrick Rose to the Knicks and also never felt the Celtics' offers made sense for Butler.

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