Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Jimmy Butler and Steph Curry were named the NBA Players of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon.

Butler — the Eastern Conference choice — responded to trade rumors by averaging 38 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as he led the Bulls to wins over the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. 

The Bulls superstar scored 52 points against the Hornets (the first 50-point showing in the United Center by a Bull since some dude named Michael Jordan in 1997) and also added 20 points against the Cavs and 42 against the Raptors Saturday night.

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Butler made 42 of his 46 free throw attempts over the course of the week, chipping in seven steals, a block and eight threes.

Curry, meanwhile, took home the Western Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 31.8 points last week as the Golden State Warriors went 3-1. 

On the season, Butler is averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals.

He has improved his points-per-game average in all six of his NBA seasons.

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.