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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #21

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.
"I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value. Sep 29 - 6:33 PM

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Jimmy Butler hinted that he wants Fred Hoiberg to coach him harder this season.

"I told Fred, 'As much as you can, use me as an example,'" Butler said. "I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug [McDermott] or Tony [Snell] or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he's going to be like 'If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he's going to come at me a certain way.'" Butler said something similar last season which put him in some hot water, but the difference this time is that he spoke directly to his head coach as opposed to the media. Their relationship has evolved in a good way and Butler is embracing his leadership role on the new-look Bulls. He's an easy second-round pick even with the additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 9:51 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that his relationship with Jimmy Butler continues to improve.

"Jimmy and I have had a lot of conversations," Hoiberg said. "There’s a lot of things [that happened] last year. The big thing was the comment after the New York game…We got it handed to us and the comment was made." Hoiberg is referring to Butler's "coach us harder" comment after a tough stretch in December which put their relationship under a microscope, but the good news is that it sounds like they are both looking forward to working together with a revamped roster.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 12 - 11:01 AM

Dwyane Wade said that he wants Jimmy Butler to step up as a leader of the Bulls.

"I said look man, I’m okay with whatever role you want me to play," said Butler. "He wants me to step up and lead. He wants this to be my team." Butler went on to say that he wants to win a championship, and that's why he wanted to play alongside Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (both owners of championship hardware). While all three will be competing for time with the rock, Jimmy Buckets should be No. 1 in the pecking order. He'll make for a solid early-round selection.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 31 - 6:31 PM

Jimmy Butler believes that he will be a good fit next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

"There are multiple ways to score the basketball. I don’t get into analytics and the numbers," Butler said. "I think D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a lot of years. He’s a great player because of the way he scores the ball. I don’t think you can call him a non shooter because he can definitely shoot the ball. Rondo, call him what you want, but he’s effective at what he does." Butler's usage rate will likely drop playing next to Wade and Rondo, but he's still locked in as a solid target in the second round.
Jul 29 - 10:00 AM

Jimmy Butler said that he feels he no longer has "too much to prove."

"I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder. I don’t think I have too much to prove like back in the day," said Butler. "That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard or anything. I just think I go about things a little differently." Butler also credited his former coach Tom Thibodeau for his development, and said he's got a lot of "love and respect" for Thibs. Derrick Rose is no longer in Chicago to dominate the rock, but Jimmy Buckets will still be fighting for touches with both Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Jul 28 - 3:30 PM

Jimmy Butler said he expects to play for the Bulls next season.

"Whoever I play for is gonna get my best effort," Butler said. "If it's the Bulls, which I think it will be, I'm coming at everybody." The Bulls were getting a lot of calls on Butler on the night of the NBA Draft, and chances are the rumors will still be out there. Regardless, Butler is worth a look as a top-20 pick in fantasy.
Jul 18 - 7:00 PM

The Celtics reportedly could have made a trade for Jimmy Butler on draft day, but neither the Bulls nor the Celtics felt what was being offered by either party was worth doing.

The Celtics were after Butler in order to make a legit run at Kevin Durant, but Durant's primary goal was to join a cohesive group, and Boston would have had to part ways with too many assets in order to make the Butler trade go through; thus hurting the Celtics chances of signing KD. Boston has also been mentioned in rumors regarding Russell Westbrook, but if that deal were to come to fruition, Boston would need a promise from Westbrook that he'd sign an extension with the club.
Jul 15 - 11:11 AM

Jimmy Butler is no longer on the market, according to league sources.

This doesn't mean Butler won't be on the market in the near future, but it looks like the Bulls are committed to a trio of Butler, Dywane Wade, and Rajon Rondo for now. It will be interesting to see how the Bulls spread the ball between those three, but Butler is still worth a pick in the first or second round of fantasy drafts this fall regardless.
Source: ESPN
Jul 12 - 9:28 AM

Jimmy Butler reportedly helped recruit Dwyane Wade to the Bulls.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that a source told him Jimmy Butler recruited Wade to the Bulls and that the two Marquette alums are looking forward to playing with each other. While Wade's presence on the Bulls won't hurt Butler's fantasy value a ton, it certainly won't help things as Wade (and newly-signed Rajon Rondo) are bound to take a bit out of Butler's usage rate.
Source: ESPN
Jul 7 - 9:18 AM

Jimmy Butler is "said to be still available," according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

We're taking this with a major grain of salt as the Celtics have plenty of incentive to create additional drama between Butler and the Bulls, so keep that in mind when digesting the report. Bulpett adds that it "won't be as easy" to acquire Butler as it was on draft night when the two teams couldn't come together on an agreement, so nothing should be considered anywhere close to imminent.
Jul 6 - 11:58 AM

Jimmy Butler thinks the Bulls need to add more players who can help the team.

While Butler is now the franchise player in Chicago, he knows he can't do it alone. "I can't do this by myself. I need four other guys out there with me," Butler said. "We need guys coming off the bench to help us win games. All that talk about who's team it is, we need to have a team full of guys who think it's their team and help us win." The Bulls 2016-17 offense will primarily run through Butler and he should have no problem returning first-round value for his fantasy owners.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 10:04 AM

Jimmy Butler is "excited" about Chicago's future and recently spent time with head coach Fred Hoiberg in Los Angeles.

Hoiberg and Butler have been in "constant communication" since the season ended with Hoiberg stating that Butler is in a "great frame of mind." We still don't buy that Chicago wasn't shopping him on draft night, but it appears both sides are prepared to move forward with one another while harboring no ill will.
Jun 27 - 12:29 PM

Bulls GM Gar Forman said the Bulls were not shopping Jimmy Butler on draft night.

"We like Jimmy Butler. We didn't shop Jimmy Butler," Forman said. While Chicago may not have been making the calls, the front office was certainly taking them and there will be some damage control to be done with their franchise star as a result of his name being bandied about on draft night. It sounds like the Timberwolves had the most traction on any potential Butler deal, but at the end of the day the Bulls decided there simply wasn't a good enough offer on the table to move into a full rebuild.
Jun 24 - 12:30 AM

Jimmy Butler is now expected to remain in Chicago, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The Bulls talked to both the Celtics and Wolves about a deal involving No. 5 pick Kris Dunn, and reportedly came closer to an agreement with Boston, but ultimately they opted to stand pat. Chicago still needs a starting-caliber PG to replace Derrick Rose, so it's safe to assume they'll continue to surface in trade talks during the offseason.
Jun 23 - 9:45 PM