Jimmy Butler Wrote This Emotional Letter to Chicago After the Bulls Traded Him on Draft Night

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12:  Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls walks across the court in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at United Center on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler Wrote This Emotional Letter to Chicago After the Bulls Traded Him on Draft Night

"You've been my life!"

Published June 23, 2017

The Chicago Bulls trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves headlined the news coming out of the 2017 NBA Draft last night.

The move totally caught Butler by the surprise, as the three-time All-Star shooting guard reportedly is in Paris and learned about the news in the middle of the night.

Upon gathering himself, though, Jimmy Buckets took to his Instagram account and penned this heartfelt letter to Chicago, his home over the past six seasons. In it, Butler poignantly says that the city has been his "life."

"You've embraced me like a son and pushed me to get better every day, every season," Butler wrote. "I can honestly say that I have always been incredibly motivated to succeed. It's just the way I'm built. But I know I owe so much to the person I am now, and to the player that I've become, to you."

And that was just part of it. You can read Jimmy's entire emotional letter to Chi-Town below.

Chicago, What can I say?! I truly struggle with the words because you've been so much more than just my home for the last 6 years, you've been my life! You've embraced me like a son and pushed me to get better every day, every season. I can honestly say that I have always been incredibly motivated to succeed; it's just the way I'm built. But I know I owe so much to the person I am now, and to the player that I've become, to you. You always pushed me to never give anything less than my absolute best night in, night out. That's what you expected. That's what you deserved. And, I hope you know that's what I dedicated my life to every time I walked into the facility or stepped on the floor of the United Center. Thank you to the entire Bulls organization and Reinsdorf Family for taking a chance on me in 2011 and for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love for such a great franchise. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I was drafted and when I played my first minutes. It's an experience that I wouldn't have wanted with any other team and I'm so thankful to you for giving me that opportunity. Chicago, I love you. Thanks for embracing a kid from Tomball like one of your own. On to a new home and a new organization. Thankfully, with some familiar faces! PS... AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT! THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION THAT DO NOT GET THE SHINE THAT THEY DESERVE!! YALL ARE THE REAL ALL-STARS!! - Jimmy G. Buckets (@staceyking21 )

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Beautiful words.

Statistically speaking, this past 2016-17 season was Butler's best year yet, as the 27-year-old boasted career-highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2) and assists (5.5) per game.

He'll bring veteran leadership to a youthful T-Wolves core, which includes Karl-Anthony Towns, 21, and Andrew Wiggins, 22. In addition, the trade reunites him with T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who formerly coached the Bulls from 2010-15.

Written by BET Staff

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