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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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Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated during Friday morning's shootaround, but remains a game-time decision.
The Bulls could use their defensive stalwart for what will likely be a tough matchup vs. the Cavs, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Check back for another update as we draw closer to tip-off, but if Butler is to sit this one out, Kirk Hinrich will draw the start and he makes for an alright plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Oct 31 - 12:11 PM

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Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in 4-on-4 after a light Bulls practice.

Butler is tentatively hoping to return as soon as Friday, but that's not been confirmed. As with most injuries in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau is calling Butler day-to-day for the time being. We should get plenty of updates on Butler's status, but for as long as he's sidelined, expect Kirk Hinrich to continue starting at shooting guard.
Oct 30 - 3:58 PM

The Bulls and Jimmy Butler have a "large gap" in extension talks, according to beat writer KC Johnson.

Johnson is as dialed in as any reporter on the Bulls beat, so we're inclined to take him at his word. ESPN's Chris Broussard also said that it's "unlikely" the two sides come to an agreement prior to Friday's deadline, but both Butler and the Bulls have been vocal about wanting to remain together.
Oct 30 - 2:57 PM

The Bulls are "unlikely" to extend Jimmy Butler's contract, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

Butler is currently recovering from sprained thumb ligaments and his return date is uncertain, forcing owners to consider him 'out indefinitely' until the Bulls update his status. He's coming off a fine preseason in which he averaged 17.6 points on 65.9 percent shooting prior to his injury and he's poised to return top-80 value for fantasy owners.
Oct 29 - 5:23 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Jimmy Butler (thumb) said on Wednesday that he is hoping to play on Friday.

Coach Thibodeau said on Wednesday morning that Butler may miss two to four weeks, but later backed off of those remarks and said one to three weeks from the original injury date, which was Oct. 19th. Clearly there is some confusion going on in Chicago, but until we get some clarity, it would be hard to put Butler in your starting lineup. Expect to see more Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready.
Oct 29 - 11:50 AM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) is expected to be out for two to four weeks.

This is a tough blow for Butler's owners as he was considered questionable coming in to Wednesday's game. Expect to see more minutes from Aaron Brooks, Kirk Hinrich, and Tony Snell until Butler is ready to return.
Oct 29 - 11:27 AM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Tuesday and remains questionable for Wednesday's season opener vs. New York.

"I feel better. Obviously everyone knows I want to play, but I don’t want to rush back too early," said Butler. Butler could be headed for a true game-time decision, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's unable to go, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell will see some extra minutes, with Hinrich and Brooks being the best plug-and-play options. Stay tuned.
Oct 28 - 2:52 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) did not practice on Monday.

His status for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday remains in question, but if he were to miss that game, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell would see some extended run. Hopefully we'll have a more definitive update on Tuesday, but we could be looking at a game-time decision for Butler.
Oct 27 - 2:13 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) "continued to make progress" at Sunday's practice, but his status for opening night remains a question mark.

Butler was shooting with both hands, but it's uncertain he'll be ready to go vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. "It really is day by day," Tom Thibodeau said. Butler has his thumb taped up, but there's no firm timetable for his injury. If he's forced to sit out, look for Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell to pick up some extra time.
Oct 27 - 1:28 PM

Jimmy Butler (sprained thumb ligaments) did not practice on Sunday, but he was able to put up some jump shots.

Butler is listed as day-to-day and he's questionable for the Bulls' season opener on Wednesday. He tied Carmelo Anthony for the league lead in minutes per game last season (38.7), so if he sits out Wednesday there will be a big opportunity at SG for Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks.
Oct 26 - 2:51 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) will be re-evaluated in "a week or so," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

That would put him in jeopardy of missing the season opener on Wednesday against the New York Knicks. Butler suffered the injury on Sunday and he will miss the rest of the preseason. He was having a superb preseason and should be more efficient this year, so fantasy owners can still target him in the middle rounds.
Oct 22 - 3:24 PM

An MRI confirmed that Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments, and he'll be re-evaluated after Chicago's preseason finale on Friday.

This leaves Butler somewhat iffy for the Bulls' season opener, but at least the MRI didn't reveal more serious damage. Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy should absorb a few extra minutes until Butler is ready to return, and Hinrich may be the favorite to start at SG in Friday's exhibition.
Oct 21 - 6:25 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place.
Oct 20 - 6:38 PM

Jimmy Butler will not return to Sunday's game after spraining his left thumb in the first half.

He hurt himself during an attempted steal and was initially able to continue playing, but the Bulls pulled the plug in the second quarter. He's one of the toughest guys in the league and shouldn't miss significant time, so he's a near-certainty for Chicago's season opener unless tests reveal something more serious than a sprain.
Oct 19 - 9:04 PM

Jimmy Butler's impressive preseason average of 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field is attributed to his rigorous off-season training.

The small forward came into camp 10 pounds lighter and is reportedly more focused than ever. "All summer I worked on my game. The biggest thing is confidence, taking shots I know I can make," he said. Butler is still a viable option after the middle rounds of most drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 18 - 10:53 AM

Depth Charts

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