Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
John Paxson, when asked if the Bulls were committed to building around Jimmy Butler moving forward:
"Right now, today, Jimmy's on our roster," Paxson said. "And Jimmy's under contract for two more years. He is a terrific player. You guys know, this league is fluid. Things can change quickly. But again, we have such great respect for Jimmy and his value in this league and his value is extremely high. If people think there's an opportunity to get him they have to know that they can't come and try to throw something out there that we would never do. I've always felt this way about team building and a team in general: There's very few guys who you build around, ok? This is a team game. You build with players. We are building with Jimmy right now, ok. We think Cam Payne is the type of guy that can come in and take some of the ball-handling load off of Jimmy ... but I'm a very firm believer that maybe outside of handful of guys that have ever played this game, you build with players, not around one."