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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 220
College: Marquette
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The Bulls have given Jimmy Butler (elbow) a 3-6 week timetable for his return, but he's hopeful that he can play before the end of the regular season.
Initial reports suggested a 3-4 week timetable so this is somewhat discouraging, though Butler said on Tuesday that the pain in his elbow is already subsiding. "I'm doing all right," he said. "I'm just trying my best to hurry back, being careful, of course ... My ligament just has to heal, and I've got to be able to move my left arm like I move my right before I can get out there and do anything." With no firm return date and the fantasy playoffs looming, Butler is only worth stashing if you're confident your team can succeed without his production until at least late March. Mar 4 - 12:26 AM

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Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February.
Mar 1 - 3:55 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday.
Mar 1 - 2:55 PM

Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time.
Mar 1 - 2:45 PM

Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned.
Mar 1 - 2:27 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that.
Feb 28 - 2:49 AM

Jimmy Butler didn't step up against the Hornets during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers.

He should have more on his plate with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the foreseeable future. Butler has really seen a huge boost in the past month even with Rose on the floor, so it should be interesting to see how he does now that he'll be running the offense a lot more. There's a very good chance Jimmy Buckets is a top-10 player the rest of the way.
Feb 26 - 12:34 AM

Jimmy Butler is playing through a thumb injury, but he's not in danger of missing any time.

This is the first we've heard of a thumb injury for Butler. Taj Gibson inadvertently revealed Butler is dealing with the concern over the weekend, and Butler said he "can't remember" if there was a more serious injury than just a sprain. Butler also added that he was feeling better and didn't think he'd need offseason surgery, but he continues to wear a protective splint on it for now. It's something to monitor as we progress down the stretch.
Feb 23 - 12:29 PM

Jimmy Butler hit the ground running to start the second half on Friday against the Pistons, scoring 30 points with five rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Butler really put on an offensive show tonight and his ability to score off the dribble seems to get better every time out. He did miss the final game of the first half due to a shoulder injury, but there was no indication it was bothering him tonight. There is nothing to worry about here and his owners can just enjoy the ride.
Feb 21 - 12:13 AM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday and will play against the Pistons on Friday.

He only played nine minutes in the All-Star Game after missing Thursday's game against the Cavs. Butler has been an iron man and leads the NBA in minutes per game. He's also been playing very well in February, averaging 19.3 points, 3.5 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.5 treys. His owners shouldn't be looking to sell high.
Feb 18 - 7:38 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) looked fine while scoring six points with a pair of steals on Sunday, logging a team-low nine minutes in the East's 158-163 defeat.

His nine minutes were the lowest of any player for either team, which was an intentional courtesy to Butler and the Bulls -- "I talked to [East coach Mike Budenholzer], told him how I was feeling," Butler said. "He said we'll get you out there and get you off." Butler missed Chicago's final game before the break but wouldn't have suited up for the All-Star game unless he was healthy, and he said he'll be ready to play Friday even though he's not yet 100 percent.
Feb 15 - 11:31 PM

Jimmy Butler said that his shoulder felt OK after a light practice on Saturday, but he remained non-committal when asked if he would play on Sunday.

He is going to see how his shoulder responds on Sunday morning before making a final decision, but it looks like he is going to give it a go. Butler appeared in good spirits and even winked at a reporter when asked if he would play Sunday, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. On a side note, expect Butler to be ready to go for the Bulls' game on Feb. 20 against the Pistons, as the extra rest this week should really aid his recovery.
Feb 14 - 1:36 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) is practicing with the East All-Star team on Saturday and he is still on track to play on Sunday night.

While it is obviously a light practice, it's a good sign for Butler knowing that he feels comfortable enough to test out his shoulder. He is said to be targeting the Bulls' first game after the All-Star break against the Pistons for his return to action, so his owners can breathe easy knowing that he is going to be fine. Tony Snell will head back to the bench upon Butler's return so owners who picked up should start evaluating other options.
Feb 14 - 1:04 PM

Jimmy Butler (shoulder) hopes to return to the lineup for the Bulls' first game after the All-Star break against the Pistons on February 20.

"It's getting better," Butler said of his shoulder. "I just have to take care of my body like I've been doing all season. It's unfortunate. But that's what this time off is for. I think I'll be fine." Butler doesn't seem too concerned with his shoulder injury, and neither should his owners. If he's able to play limited minutes during the All-Star game, he should be able to play when the regular-season resumes on Feb. 20.
Feb 13 - 4:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3Aaron Brooks
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed