"Thibs has molded me into the player I am today," Butler said about Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who was Butler's coach with the Bulls.
Speaking to reporters and an estimated 2,500 fans who came to watch, Butler said that he wants to be involved in bringing other veteran players to the Wolves, which has been an area the team has struggled with over the years.
"We're going to be tough," Butler said. "I'm looking forward to playing with these guys. They play with so much joy. ... They talk about the sky being the limit. But I think we can go a lot higher than that."
"You don't get the opportunity to add a player like Jimmy very often," said Thibodeau.
"You can't do the things hes done without a lot of talent," Thibodeau added. "But he's chased excellence from the day he arrived in the league. He's one of the best two-way players -- an Olympian, a gold medalist, all-NBA. He's a great person, a great leader and we're thrilled to have him.
General manager Scott Layden said, "The way he shares the ball makes everyone better, and the mark of a great player is what they do to make other players better."
When a reporter asked Butler about whether criticism directed toward him in Chicago in the aftermath of the deal was "frustrating" to encounter, Butler replied: "This is not frustrating. It's expected. Somebody's got to take the blame. I'll be that guy. I'm OK with it. I'm fine. Everybody is entiled to their opinion. With that being said, my phone is in my back pocket right now and whoever has anything to say to me, feel free: 773-899-6071."
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