There’s been a lot of talk since the Bulls-Timberwolves trade last week that Chicago got simply ripped off. The Bulls gave up third-team All-NBA performer Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall pick in the draft (Justin Patton) in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).

It’s hard to understand where the Bulls were coming from. They really couldn’t get more for Butler? They really had to throw that first-rounder in there?

Understandably, Timberwolves fans are elated. They feel like they just pulled off a grand heist.

But apparently some haters have come out of the woodwork to tell Butler he was the reason things in Chicago didn’t work out. Butler responded to said haters at his introductory press conference in Minnesota Thursday. He even gave them his cell phone number to air their grievances.

Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler gives out his phone number at intro press conference and encourages critics to call him directly

— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 29, 2017

Plenty of people called Butler, and he appeared to have prepared for it. Clearly it was a premeditated move. The message on the other end stated Butler’s mailbox was full.

this is the voicemail you get when you call the number jimmy butler gave out at his press conference

— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) June 29, 2017

This very well could be a publicity stunt, but we don’t really know what Butler would be getting out of it other than a ton of calls and FaceTimes, which he appears to actually be answering.


taking all calls 😂😂 and y'all thought it was a game!

A post shared by Jimmy Butler (@jimmybutler) on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:13pm PDT

Here’s that number, in case you want to give it a try: 773-899-6071.