It was no secret Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler were close teammates on the Chicago Bulls, but now that they’re rivals, Wade said he isn’t holding back.

Wade and Butler will likely face off against each other when the Bulls and Timberwolves play during the upcoming season, but Wade doesn’t appear worried about the challenge. 

“I get 6 fouls and I’m not afraid to use them in the first 6 mins!” he wrote on Twitter in response to a fan’s tweet about the upcoming battle. 

Wade, who agreed to pick up his 2017-18 contract option with the Bulls last month, will likely now be the star of the team following the blockbuster Butler trade that left many fans questioning. 

Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first round of the NBA Draft in exchange for the seventh overall pick, Zach LaVine, and Kris Dunn.

Wade signed with the Bulls prior to the 2016-17 season, and he was looking to form a strong trio with Butler and point guard Rajon Rondo. The three looked good at times during the season, but injuries and poor play derailed the group as they were knocked out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Butler had long said he wanted to stay in Chicago despite numerous trade rumors leading up to the event. 

After news of the trade broke, Wade took to Instagram to share his feelings on the deal, posting a photo of him with Butler. 

“D.A.M.N haha. My Guy!!!! #Morelife,” the caption to Wade’s photo read.

Published at 12:06 PM CDT on Jul 31, 2017

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