Jimmy Butler penned a farewell to former teammate Derrick Rose after he was traded to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
The Bulls acquired Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon in the trade. The Knicks will also receive Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.
Rose’s contract, worth over $21 million this upcoming season, expires next summer.
“My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette,” Butler wrote. “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.”
Butler and Rose have been teammates since he was drafted in the 2011 NBA draft.