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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #21

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 231
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Butler posted his first triple-double of the season during a 117-99 win in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Sure, LeBron James (illness) did not play, but the Bulls will take it to put them on a four-game winning streak -- they are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. Butler looks to be over his troublesome heel issue from earlier this month with 40.0 minutes per game in his last four. His fantasy owners can start feeling good about him being a first-round player in standard leagues during his career year. Feb 25 - 11:53 PM

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Jimmy Butler scored 22 points with three rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes during a 128-121 overtime win over the Suns on Friday.

He struggled for most of this game, but came through late with a fadeaway jumper to give the Bulls the lead with 10 seconds left. Despite all the trade rumors and the Bulls dumping a good portion of their roster to get Cam Payne, Butler is still the main guy. He should post first-round value going forward and the time off likely helped his injured heel.
Feb 25 - 1:27 AM

Jimmy Butler was not traded on Thursday.

There were a lot of rumors swirling around Jimmy, but several reports say the Bulls were not even close on a blockbuster deal. The Bulls traded away some of their frontcourt depth, so the chances of them making the postseason likely decreased. Butler's time off during the All-Star likely helped him get over his heel issue from earlier this month.
Feb 23 - 3:41 PM

Jimmy Butler (rest) got a precautionary day off during Wednesday's practice.

Butler's name has been swirling in the trade rumor-mill for weeks, and his absence on Wednesday won't quiet the chatter, but he's said that he expects to remain in Chicago barring "something crazy." The Celtics seem to be balking at the Bulls' asking price, and for now it seems like Jimmy Buckets will remain in Chicago through Thursday's deadline. Stay tuned.
Feb 22 - 8:02 PM

Jimmy Butler feels that he'll remain in Chicago past the trade deadline, unless "something crazy happens."

While the Bulls have taken numerous calls on Butler as the deadline approaches, they reportedly haven't been the ones making the calls, so while they will entertain offers it doesn't sound like they're actively shopping the up-and-coming All-Star. The Celtics do have the assets to offer "something crazy," but word out of Boston is that they aren't interested in parting ways with Brooklyn's 2017 draft pick just yet, so a blockbuster deal between Boston and Chicago seems unlikely.
Feb 20 - 5:50 PM

According to an ESPN report, Jimmy Butler would "loathe to leave" Chicago.

The article states that "a source close to Butler said the swingman doesn't want [a trade]," that he is "grounded in Chicago" and doesn't want to leave "with unfinished business." It's hard to envision a scenario in which the Bulls would benefit by trading Butler. He's in the heart of his prime at 27, getting better every season, and is locked into a very cap-friendly contract through 2019.
Feb 18 - 10:16 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 29 points during a 104-103 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

With the Bulls down one, Butler was fouled with 0.9 seconds and he was able to hit both free throws. After the game, he said he learned the spin-move fadeaway from Dwyane Wade to get the foul call on Marcus Smart. Regarding his banged-up heel, there is really no such thing as half speed for Butler with 39.0 minutes per game since he returned from injury on Feb. 12. Obviously the All-Star break should work wonders to get him right. He's still a top-10 player in standard leagues this season as the alpha.
Feb 16 - 10:51 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) will not have restrictions on Thursday vs. the Celtics.

After scoring 19 points with 12 assists, two boards, four steals and four turnovers in 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Toronto, Butler didn't suffer any setbacks and should be ready for another monster workload with Dwyane Wade (illness) sitting this one out. Butler's usage rate rises from 23.3 to 31.8 when Wade is off the floor, so he looks like a strong play in all formats.
Feb 16 - 12:14 PM

Jimmy Butler hit 15-of-19 free throws on his way to 19 points in Tuesday's 105-94 win over the Raptors.

That was the fifth time in his career that he made it to the line 19 times. Butler only hit 2-of-10 shots from the field, but he was moving well and matched his career-high with 12 assists while adding two boards, four steals and four turnovers. "I thought Jimmy looked good," Coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I'm sure he's going to be sore tomorrow." The Bulls are off until Thursday's game vs. the Celtics, but there's a slight chance that he could be rested with the All-Star break beginning the following day.
Feb 14 - 11:11 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) will play and start Tuesday vs. Toronto, as expected.

Butler has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but he'll be without a minutes limit tonight, and with Dwyane Wade (wrist) unavailable he should be operating with a hefty usage rate. Fred Hoiberg will be starting Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant alongside Butler tonight, with Doug McDermott shifting to the bench, but Jimmy Buckets is obviously the most attractive target here in any setting.

Jimmy Butler (heel) is probable to play Tuesday night vs. Toronto.

Butler has missed four of the Bulls last five games due to the nagging heel injury. With Butler back in the starting lineup, Michael Carter-Williams will return to his role as a reserve. Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (back) have already been ruled out of Tuesday's contest, which means Butler will be asked to shoulder even more of the offensive load than usual.
Feb 14 - 12:14 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) participated during Monday's practice.

Butler sat out Sunday's game after aggravating the heel injury on Friday, and while him being able to practice is an encouraging sign, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see Chicago withhold Jimmy Buckets from the next two games in order to give him some extra rest heading into the break. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Michael Carter-Williams would have another opportunity to start.
Feb 13 - 2:28 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) will not play vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Nikola Mirotic (back) and Paul Zipser (food poisoning) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Butler played on Friday but he was limping late in the game and clearly wasn't 100 percent, so the rest day isn't a total surprise. His next chance to play comes at home vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, and owners should consider him questionable for that game. Michael Carter-Williams stands to gain the most in Butler's absence.
Feb 12 - 2:05 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Sunday.

He was not sure about his status following Friday's game and even said "that's a good question" when he was asked about it. Butler was clearly limited on Friday and was limping in the fourth quarter. Butler has no problems playing hurt, but this could linger for a while without proper rest.
Feb 11 - 7:04 PM

Jimmy Butler (heel) returned after missing a week during a 115-97 loss to the Suns on Friday, adding 20 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

He said he was dealing with pain even before this game, and it was very clear he was dealing with it during this loss. Butler was limping in the fourth quarter and it looked like it was directly related to his heel. In post-game interviews, he also hinted there's a chance he won't play Sunday. "That's a good question. That's a really good question," Butler said when asked about playing against the Wolves. He plays through pain all the time, but it makes sense to sit him down to get him right.
Feb 11 - 1:51 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jerian Grant
2Cameron Payne
3Rajon Rondo
4Michael Carter-Williams
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Anthony Morrow
4Isaiah Canaan
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Paul Zipser
PF1Bobby Portis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Joffrey Lauvergne
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio