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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #23

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 236
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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Jimmy Butler scored 12 points on 12 shot attempts during Wednesday's season-opening loss, going 5-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Butler played 35 minutes tonight and he'll only get better from here. The No. 30 pick in the 2011 draft has turned in top-20 value in each of the past three seasons (top-30 with missed games included), yet he slipped in most leagues due to concerns about the Wolves' plethora of scoring options. Expect him to come out firing vs. Utah on Friday. Oct 19 - 3:02 AM

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Jimmy Butler scored 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. the Warriors on Thursday.

After playing just 10 minutes in the preseason opener, Butler logged 26 minutes and added five rebounds, four assists and one steal. He also got to the line nine times and buried eight of them, but that's not a surprise considering he finished 4th in the NBA in free throws made last season. He may not score as much in Minnesota, but he'll run a lot of offense and still looks like a second-round stud.
Oct 5 - 9:28 AM

Jimmy Butler only played in the first half against the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 12 minutes.

What? Coach Tom Thibodeau limiting Jimmy Butler's minutes? We probably won't see this happen very often during the regular season and Butler has praised Thibs for molding him into the player he is today. Butler has been working well with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in camp, so expect him to hit the ground running as a second-round pick in fantasy.
Oct 1 - 12:59 AM

Jimmy Butler praised Tom Thibodeau for molding him into the "player I am today."

Hear that, Fred Hoiberg? Jokes aside, the Thibs-Jimmy connection has always been strong, and we expect that will continue now that the pair is reunited in Minnesota. Butler has also already embraced his new home, and he'll have no problem sliding alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins as the Timberwolves present their own version of a big three.
Jun 30 - 7:57 PM

The Bulls traded Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick to the Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

It's a blockbuster night. Coach Tom Thibodeau helped make Jimmy the player that he is and now he'll get him as the 2017 All-Star version. Butler will undoubtedly see huge minutes and he'll get to play next to the best offensive big man he's seen in Karl-Anthony Towns. Butler was able to sustain a high usage rate next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, so he should still be in the upper 20s with elite scoring and a little bit of everything. The Wolves had better make the playoffs this year.

The Wolves are close to acquiring Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Whoa boy. This has been the hot story for a few hours and the Wolves would almost certainly be using their No. 7 pick. The Wolves are also likely to include Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine (knee) and/or perhaps other pieces. Coach Tom Thibodeau would be getting his guy and would likely play him a ton.
Jun 22 - 7:40 PM

The Bulls and Timberwolves are "seriously engaged" in trade talks centered around Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and draft picks are reportedly on the table, but Minnesota doesn't want to part with Andrew Wiggins in any deal. The Celtics have reportedly dropped out of talks involving Butler, at least for now, and the Wolves appear to have a real shot at him. We'll know for sure within the next few hours.
Jun 22 - 6:48 PM

The Celtics are currently not included among teams looking to trade for Jimmy Butler, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

This report says the Celtics haven't been included for a while. To be clear, a lot of things can change here, but for now it seems like the Celtics are going after Kristaps Porzingis or perhaps someone else. The Bulls are considering a trade with a team owning a high pick as they look to go after De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson.
Jun 22 - 6:09 PM

The Nuggets have spoken with the Bulls about a trade for Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

This report adds that Nikola Jokic is not going to be included. Perhaps no team has deeper well of young assets than the Nuggets with guys like Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley all showing promise in their rookie seasons. They also have fantasy favorite Gary Harris, who has been an outstanding two-way player for three years. We'll have more Jimmy rumors on the way.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 5:34 PM

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Wolves are considering using their No. 7 pick in a package to pry Jimmy Butler away from Chicago.

The Wolves have been interested in Butler for over a year, but according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, this offer wouldn't be good enough -- Johnson said the Wolves would need to include a talented player(s) and a future first rounder as well. Along with Kristaps Porzingis and Paul George, Butler will be one of the most popular names floating around at tonight's draft.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 1:26 PM

According to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell on Sportscenter, the Suns and Wolves are "teams to focus on" as potential trade partners for Jimmy Butler.

Friedell mentioned that the Celtics are also still in the mix, which is fairly obvious at this point. With regards to the Wolves and Suns, there's the connection between coach Tom Thibodeau and Butler while the Suns have a slew of young players from the last two drafts along with the No. 4 pick this year. Butler probably won't be dealt before the draft, but this is going to be a huge story to watch today.
Jun 22 - 11:50 AM

According to sources of Sam Amico, there is "zero truth" to reports stating that Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from Cleveland.

An earlier report implied that Cleveland's Big 3 could be headed towards an early breakup after the unexpected ouster of David Griffin, but it's always good to be skeptical of reports quoting anonymous sources from opposing teams, particularly when there's incentive for one team to spin the facts. In other words, we're not buying the rumor that the Cavs are telling Butler to stay away from Cleveland.
Jun 21 - 12:16 PM

Some players within the Cavs organization are reportedly warning Jimmy Butler to stay away from what has suddenly become a volatile situation in Cleveland.

According to sources of Joe Cowley of the Sun Times, Kyrie Irving has reached out to some of his former Team USA teammates letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade in wake of the David Griffin firing, hinting that Cleveland's big three could be headed for an early breakup. However, it's worth pointing out that this article is based on quotes from anonymous sources without any direct evidence from management on either side of the equation, so take it with a grain of salt.
Jun 21 - 12:02 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jimmy Butler "hopes to stay with the Bulls" even though the Cavaliers remain "seriously interested."

Cleveland engaged the Bulls on a possible Butler trade before parting ways with GM David Griffin, but Stein adds that Butler would be "reluctant" to commit his long-term future to Cleveland. Butler "remains intent" on leading the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence, so unlike Indiana's situation with Paul George, Chicago still has a lot of leverage in trade talks for any team that tries to pry Butler away from Chicago. On a side note, Dwyane Wade must be relieved to hear this -- he exercised his player option for 2017-18 season on Tuesday.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 8:34 PM

The Bulls are reportedly "actively shopping" Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls apparently want to jump start their rebuild, and the Cavs and Celtics appear to be the frontrunners to land Butler's services should a deal go through. Chicago management reportedly want to free head coach Fred Hoiberg of Butler, as they haven't really meshed, which is a rather strange direction to go considering Butler's skill set. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out, but if Butler does get dealt, that would likely also result in Dwyane Wade opting out of his deal. Stay tuned.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 20 - 5:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich