Bulls hold postseason meeting with Jimmy Butler: Reports

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, MA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – There are very few things that were certain when Gar Forman and Josh Paxson met with the media following the end of the Bulls’ season, but one thing was for sure.

The team, after a few weeks to decompress, would have a meeting with their star player about the future going forward.

According to a pair of reports, this finally happened this week.

Both K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune and Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times are reporting that the Butler met with management this Monday in Chicago after the forward returned from Los Angeles where he was holding some offseason workouts.

The reports indicated that the meeting was “positive” and both sides were “satisfied” with the direction of the talks.

Butler is coming off his best season as a professional and his first as they true go-to player for the Bulls following the trade of Derrick Rose. He had career-highs in points (23.9), assists (5.5) and rebounds (6.2) per game and was named to the NBA All-Star team for a third time.

With the Bulls’ franchise continuing to figure out which direction to go, Butler has been rumored in a few trades over the past year should the franchise decided to go the route of a total rebuild. Yet there is no indication from either side that a trade is desired or imminent at this time.