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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 (knee) will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee.
Butler's knee injury was worse than expected and fantasy owners will now be without Butler until what sounds like the beginning of March at the earliest. While Butler is worth holding in standard leagues for now, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott, and Mike Dunleavy will all see extra minutes, with Moore being the priority add in all fantasy leagues. Feb 9 - 1:44 PM

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Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run.

Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS.
Feb 7 - 8:21 PM

Jimmy Butler (left knee) was diagnosed with a knee strain and did not suffer damage to his ligaments.

This is great news, but he is out Friday and Saturday. The diagnosis of a strain means it's something muscle related or it could be something with a tendon near his joint. Butler doesn't have a timetable to return, but it looks like he at least has a chance to be back this month. This may hurt his chance to play in the All-Star Game. Mike Dunleavy (back) should benefit while E'Twaun Moore and Tony Snell could help out. Derrick Rose will be very busy, too.
Feb 6 - 6:10 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Wolves.

He is reportedly dealing with a hyperextended left knee, but the Bulls still haven't released the results of his MRI. Until then, he should be considered day-to-day. Derrick Rose, Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore will all have to step up in Butler's absence.
Feb 6 - 2:19 PM

Jimmy Butler reportedly hyperextended his left knee, and while he'll likely sit out Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves there's a chance he can play Monday vs. Charlotte or Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

Butler is going to get an MRI on Saturday morning, but this report is great news if it turns out to be true. Owners can expect another update tomorrow morning, but with Jimmy likely sidelined on Saturday, Tony Snell figures to enter the starting five with E'Twuan Moore seeing some increased opportunity on offense. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be busy on offense for however long Jimmy Buckets is out.

Fred Hoiberg said that Jimmy Butler will have an MRI on his sprained left knee on Saturday, and added that the Bulls will need to prepare to play without Butler "for a while no matter what."

Hoiberg did say that the ligaments in Butler's left knee are "intact," but Jimmy said he heard a "pop" in his knee and was spotted leaving the arena on crutches. It would be shocking to see him suit up for Saturday's game in Minnesota, and with Butler potentially looking at a lengthy absence E'Twaun Moore is someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues. Tony Snell will enter the starting five in Jimmy’s absence, and Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol (hand) will be doing the heavy lifting on offense for however long Butler is out. Doug McDermott also figures to see an uptick in minutes.

Jimmy Butler (left knee sprain) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Butler was carted off the court, although he was able to walk from the X-ray room to the locker room under his own power, and was in relatively good spirits saying, "Ya'll get me the Forrest Gump knee brace!" Butler is likely headed for an MRI, and for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Timberwolves. Tony Snell started the second-half in Butler's place, and with Buckets sidelined there will be more opportunity for Derrick Rose and E'Twaun Moore.
Feb 5 - 10:42 PM

Jimmy Butler suffered a left leg injury and was carted off the court in Denver on Friday.

He had a bad collision with Joffrey Lauvergne and had a really ugly fall. Butler was put in a wheelchair for a few seconds, but he got up to shoot the free throws. He did not put much weight on his leg as he was put into the wheelchair again. We'll look for an update shortly, but this does not look good.
Feb 5 - 10:18 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee tendinitis) will start Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, as expected.

Pau Gasol is out tonight and the Bulls are opting to start Cameron Bairstow, so Jimmy should be even busier than usual offensively. Make sure he's locked into your active lineups.
Feb 5 - 7:33 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) said he will play against the Nuggets on Friday and is now listed as probable.

This is somewhat surprising after the Bulls said they wanted to be smart with Butler's knee. This isn't an official "will play" piece of news, but he's looking good to give it a go. That makes E'Twaun Moore less appealing tonight while Tony Snell will move back to the bench. We'll confirm this news as the days goes on.
Feb 5 - 2:18 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is a game-time call against the Nuggets on Friday.

He made it through the morning shootaround and is feeling a little better, but he wants to test his knee out in pre-game warmups before making a final decision. For what it's worth, Butler believes that he will be able to play. If he is cleared to go, Tony Snell will return to the bench and Derrick Rose's value will take a hit.
Feb 5 - 1:50 PM

Jimmy Butler, who is listed as questionable for Friday's game in Denver, said that he's going to take a cautious approach with his left knee injury.

"It’s disappointing, but I’ve got to think big picture,’’ Butler said. "I’ve got to take care of my body. My trainer was here and he was like, ‘Look, you’ve got to do what’s right for your body.’ So I talked to the coaches and we thought it was best [I didn't play Wednesday in Sacramento.]" Butler did reportedly feel better on Thursday, and said that he'll test his knee during Friday morning's shootaorund, so expect another update then. Derrick Rose and E'Twuan Moore will benefit if Jimmy is out Friday.
Feb 4 - 5:15 PM

Jimmy Butler (left knee) is questionable to play Friday vs. the Nuggets.

Butler spent Wednesday's game vs. the Kings on the sidelines, and the Bulls don't necessarily need him to pull out a win vs. the Nuggets, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him take another night off. If Butler is out, Tony Snell would start, and E'Twaun Moore would look to build off his career-high 24-point performance. Derrick Rose would also shoulder a heavier load on offense.

Jimmy Butler (left knee) is out Wednesday against the Kings due to injury.

He has some tendinitis and a sore knee, which occurred when he banged knees in Utah on Monday. The Bulls will not have an MRI for Butler and it sounds minor for now. The Bulls will almost certainly start Tony Snell next to E'Twaun Moore. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol will be very busy tonight.
Feb 3 - 8:33 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
SG1Jimmy Butler
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Tony Snell
2Doug McDermott
3Mike Dunleavy
PF1Nikola Mirotic
2Taj Gibson
3Bobby Portis
4Cristiano Felicio
C1Pau Gasol
2Joakim Noah
3Cameron Bairstow