Yesterday, Jimmy Butler posted this photo on Instagram with Mark Wahlberg and his kids. The message read:
Happy Birthday to a guy that I've gotten a chance to build a new friendship with. Hope you enjoy your birthday brotha!
It turns out, Butler has a relationship with Wahlberg that goes back to last year. When the actor was in Chicago filming the latest Transformers movie, he challenged the Bulls guard to a one-on-one match. The two of them met up, and Butler apparently only won 7-6. Butler has been involved in the latest set of Kevin Love rumors. According to reports, the Bulls have made an offer to the Timberwolves that include Butler and Taj Gibson. If the Bulls are serious about acquiring a superstar via trade, their starting shooting guard will likely be involved in any package. Butler improved significantly last year and was named to the All-Defensive second team. He is on a relatively cheap contract and will make only $2 million next year, which makes him a very valuable trade chip. If he does end up in Minnesota, it might be difficult to stay in touch with his most A-List Hollywood friend, but hey, no one will ever stop Jimmy Butler from dancing to Taylor Swift no matter where he ends up. Follow me on Twitter @steven_lebron