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Jimmy Butler discusses possibility of playing with ex-teammate Derrick Rose in Minnesota

The Cleveland Cavaliers' roster overhaul at the trade deadline saw them trade away six players in an effort to save their season and compete for a championship.



One of the half-dozen players offloaded was Derrick Rose as he was part of a trade with the Utah Jazz which also included Jae Crowder and saw the Cavs receive Rodney Hood in return.

Utah, however, had no interest in keeping Rose on their books and swiftly agreed a buyout deal with him that allowed him to become a free agent.

The 2011 MVP is now searching for his next NBA team and it has been reported that a reunion with former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is a possibility.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams interested in acquiring the point guard and it could also see him team up with another former member of the Bulls; Jimmy Butler.



With Rose struggling with injuries and Butler emerging as the best player on the Chicago roster, there was a bit of a power struggle between the two when they took to the floor together.

They had the makings of a strong backcourt pairing but they didn't always have the best relationship and chemistry on the court together.

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It led to the Bulls ultimately trading D.Rose to the New York Knicks and handing the reigns of the team over to Butler.

With both players now out of the Windy City, there's a chance they could play together again but the Timberwolves guard says it's not something he's discussed with coach Thibodeau.

“That’s not my job,” Butler told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. “Is he a hell of a player? Yeah. But that’s up to Thibs and everybody else to figure if he has a place on this roster and this team.

"Obviously, I’ve played with him before. I know the talent he has. It’s not my job to say.”



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