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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
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Butler said that he wants to train with Derrick Rose this offseason so that they can improve their chemistry.
"We've got to get in the gym together," Butler said of Rose. "We have to get used to each other's games and our tendencies. That's only going to help and give us extra time." The Butler and Rose dynamic hasn't really worked out, and it's interesting that Butler is saying they still need to get used to each other considering that Rose has been in Chicago for Jimmy's entire career. It wouldn't be all that surprising to see Rose sent away in a trade this offseason. May 18 - 10:57 AM

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Jimmy Butler said that he "definitely" believes he'll be wearing a Chicago jersey when the 2016-17 season begins.

"Yeah, I think so," Butler said when asked if he thinks he'll still be a Bull when training camp opens up. "I definitely do." Butler went on to say that it's fair to question whether or not he truly helps the team win after the Bulls missed the playoffs, which really isn't a fair thing to say at all. The two-time All-Star is fresh off signing a five-year, max-extension, and it would be absolutely shocking to see the Bulls move in another direction after just barely missing the playoffs. The same cannot be said about Derrick Rose.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 5:55 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is confident that his relationship with Jimmy Butler is strong.

"We do have a very good relationship," Hoiberg said. "It was great to see him. He was back in town for a few days. I was able to see him in the office [Thursday] morning and then sit here and watch a game with him at the combine." The two have been spending some time together this summer and Butler also appeared in good spirits while talking with GM Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson. Butler's name has popped up in the rumor mill recently, but this report should quiet the trade rumors for a while. Butler will also represent the Bulls at the NBA draft lottery on May 17.
May 13 - 9:53 AM

Jimmy Butler will represent the Bulls at the NBA draft lottery on May 17.

This should quell the Butler trade rumors for the time being, as Jimmy Buckets representing the Bulls at the lottery is a fairly large statement from the Bulls' management that they are committed to Butler as the future of the Chicago franchise. As for Chicago's chances in the lottery, they have just a 0.5 percent chance of securing a top pick, and a 1.8 percent chance of moving into the top-3. The last time the Bulls were in the draft lottery was 2008, when they overcame 1.7 percent odds to land the No. 1 overall selection, which eventually turned into Derrick Rose.
May 11 - 9:49 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune, some comments made by GM Gar Forman didn't sit well with Jimmy Butler.

When asked directly about committing to Butler as a franchise centerpiece last month, Forman said the Bulls will "have to explore all options." Butler wasn't happy with Forman's answer and he also still feels "slighted" from his failed negotiations on his rookie extension earlier in his Bulls' career. The Bulls' stance regarding Butler hasn't changed since February and while the chances of a trade are slim, they would be willing to move him in exchange for a high-profile player and several first-round picks. The Celtics did try to engage the Bulls in trade talks at the deadline, but their offer centered around reserves and picks wasn't nearly enough.
May 8 - 10:27 AM

Jimmy Butler took the blame for the Bulls failing to make the playoffs.

"I'm the reason that we did not make the playoffs," Butler said. "I'm fine with that. I'm not happy with it, but I'm fine with it. Because it's only going to make me stronger and better." Butler had a really strong start to the 2015-16 season, but a knee injury slowed him down after the All-Star break and he wasn't the same player during the crucial stretch of the season. He will now have the full offseason to get his knee right and he still finished as a top-15 player in standard leagues, so maybe he will be available at a slight discount in fantasy drafts this coming season.
Apr 23 - 10:37 AM

Jimmy Butler is planning to work out with Derrick Rose this offseason.

Butler and Rose haven't exactly meshed in Chicago, but Butler said he planned on working out with Rose over the summer. "I think that has nothing to do with anything," Butler said. "But, yeah, we'll work out together and figure out ways to make ourselves coexist." There have been trade rumors surrounding both Butler and Rose, but Butler remains a borderline first-round talent in 2016-17 fantasy drafts.
Apr 21 - 11:25 AM

Bulls general manager Gar Forman was non-committal when asked about the future of Jimmy Butler in Chicago.

While vice president John Paxson admitted that Butler and Derrick Rose didn't mesh consistently, Forman wouldn't commit to Butler staying in Chicago. "We have to explore all options," Forman said. "With that said, Jimmy has had a fantastic year." Those comments don't mean Butler will be traded, but the Bulls could be in for an interesting summer. Regardless of his location, Butler remains a borderline first-round talent in 2016-17 fantasy drafts.
Apr 14 - 9:09 AM

Jimmy Butler logged 26 minutes vs. Philly on Wednesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and one block for his second triple-double of the season.

A combination of injuries and rest resulted in six Bulls' players missing tonight's game, but Jimmy wasn't one of them. He clashed with Fred Hoiberg at times this season, and may have exacerbated problems in the locker room, but remains a critical piece for the Bulls going forward -- he's owed $75.9 million through the 2019-20 season. He finishes the season as a top-15 value in 9-cat leagues, though he did miss 15 games along the way.
Apr 14 - 12:09 AM

Jimmy Butler will play "a little" during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the 76ers.

It doesn't sound like Butler will see a full workload in his final game of the 2015-16 season, making him a risky guy to target in DFS. Still, with a matchup against the 76ers, Jimmy Buckets is still worth deploying in most season-long settings.
Apr 13 - 11:58 AM

Jimmy Butler said he's sick of answering questions about getting along with Derrick Rose.

While Rose and Butler have been rumored to have a tenuous relationship, Butler said he's tired of answering questions about their relationship. "C'mon, man, that [crap] always comes up when people lose," Butler spat. "I'm tired of talking about that [crap]. I ain't answering that." With the Bulls missing the playoffs, we could be in for an interesting summer in Chicago as we may see one player moved over the offseason.
Apr 12 - 9:35 AM

Jimmy Butler started at point guard in a 121-116 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 23 points with 11 assists.

Butler looked great at the point and said after the game that "it's not hard." He was an efficient 8-of-11 from the field and added three boards, one block and one 3-pointer with four turnovers, and his owners should be grateful that he even played with the Bulls out of the playoff hunt. For now, we can only assume that Butler will be active for Wednesday's game vs. Philly, but his owners should check the injury report just in case the Bulls want to rest him.
Apr 11 - 11:23 PM

Jimmy Butler will start at point guard on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

It's a little surprising that Butler hasn't been shut down with the Bulls out of the playoff hunt, as his knee has been bothering him for quite some time. It's going to be interesting to see how many minutes he gets, but his owners in season-long leagues will obviously want to keep him locked into lineups. In case you missed it, Derrick Rose (rest) will not play in the final two games of the season.
Apr 11 - 6:38 PM

Jimmy Butler said he is planning to play for USA Basketball this summer.

That would mean he would not get knee surgery. Butler is expected to play on Monday, but it's possible he might shut it down on Wednesday night even though he said he is going to try to play. He has not been the same since his February knee injury in Denver, so it's still possible he has surgery.
Apr 11 - 2:26 PM

Jimmy Butler, who did not fly with the Bulls to New Orleans, is present at the team's shootaround and is fully expected to play vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

Whatever personal situation that forced Butler to skip the team's charter to New Orleans is no longer a possible hindrance to his playing status. Despite the Bulls being eliminated from postseason contention, there has been no evidence that Butler is preparing to shut it down early and made it clear that he anticipates playing in both of his team's final two games.
Apr 11 - 12:20 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
SG1Jimmy Butler
2E'Twaun Moore
3Justin Holiday
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
3Tony Snell
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Pau Gasol
2Joakim Noah
3Cristiano Felicio
4Cameron Bairstow