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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler was a guest on The Jump today. He discussed his reaction to the Derrick Rose trade, saying in part: "I can't say that I was surprised but I knew that it had to be one of us to tell you the truth."

'I let people think what they want to think'

Jimmy Butler acknowledges as the best player he needs to lead the Bulls and reacts to an article on the team's website criticizing him.


Butler on Rose trade: 'Had to be one of us'

Jimmy Butler says he was notified before the Derrick Rose trade and that they had a good relationship despite Butler being pointed at as the reason for the trade.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Donatas Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, told ESPN he's willing to return to the Rockets. Houston is the first team he plans to meet with on July 1.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Dario Saric told reporters in Europe he's headed to the Sixers; one source says his reps and Philly are working to make it happen this month

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Duncan's cap number next season will be $6.4 million (up from $5.6 million) thanks to a $750,000 bonus from San Antonio scoring 62+ wins

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

LeBron can become the NBA's 1st $40M a year player in 19-20 season. Note: MJ's inflation adjusted 96-97 & 97-98 deals were more than that.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Rocket John Lucas is joining the coaching staff in charge of player development according to a source. Lucas was around the team last season helping guard Ty Lawson.