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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #21

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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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

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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

There is reportedly "rising optimism" that the Wolves and Bulls can work out a trade sending Jimmy Butler to Minnesota in exchange for a package including No. 5 pick Kris Dunn.

Tom Thibodeau is eager to reunite with Butler, and the Bulls covet Dunn, but for now it's still in the exploration phase.
Jun 23 - 8:49 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly having "serious discussion" about a trade for Jimmy Butler with a package centered around No. 5 pick Kris Dunn.

The Bulls tried hard to trade up in the draft to acquire Dunn, but it's unclear if they'd be willing to deal Butler to the Wolves and coach Tom Thibodeau. Minnesota has plenty of young talent to include with Dunn, however, so anything is possible.
Jun 23 - 8:19 PM

The Celtics and Bulls are still discussing a trade involving Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston has a warchest of draft picks, including the No. 3 pick, and they've also been linked to ongoing discussions with the 76ers, and both teams reportedly covet Providence PG Kris Dunn.
Jun 23 - 7:30 PM

The Wolves reportedly offered the Bulls the No. 5 pick and Zach LaVine in an offer for Jimmy Butler.

Needless to say, there's no trade to report. Minnesota has enough young talent to sweeten the deal in an attempt to pry Butler away from Chicago, but there are plenty of teams interested in him and the Bulls' decision to trade Derrick Rose makes it less likely that they'll blow it up and deal Butler.
Jun 23 - 7:23 PM

Jimmy Butler has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics with Team USA

Butler has been subject of recent trade rumors, but it looks like he can focus on the Olympics as a trade doesn't seem likely. Assuming he isn't moved before the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, the 26-year-old will move forward as the Bulls centerpiece and will enter 2016-17 fantasy drafts with a first-round value.
Jun 23 - 11:29 AM

The Bulls are reportedly uninterested in dealing Jimmy Butler to the Celtics in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick.

The Celtics have had their eyes on Jimmy Buckets for some time now, and while the Bulls will entertain offers, it doesn't sound like they've heard anything that will make them pull the trigger on a deal. The Timberwolves have also been trying to persuade the Bulls to part ways with their franchise cornerstone, but with how Tom Thibodeau's tenure ended in Chicago, it would be surprising to see him and Gar Forman have a constructive conversation.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 9:39 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Jerian Grant
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Doug McDermott
3Tony Snell
4Paul Zipser
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio