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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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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

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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

The Wolves are making the fifth overall pick available in hopes of tempting the Bulls to trade Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Coach Tom Thibodeau apparently wants one of his guys back. Butler was awesome last season as arguably the best shooting guard in the Eastern Conference, and Butler led the NBA in minutes per game in his last season with Thibodeau. The Wolves certainly have the ammunition to pull off a deal with their fifth pick along with plenty of young talent. If the Bulls trade Butler, they would likely go through a major rebuild. To be clear, they would likely need a ridiculous offer.
Jun 13 - 8:02 PM

Jimmy Butler said he still wants to play for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics.

While other NBA stars have been withdrawing their names from consideration, Butler affirmed his desire to play in Rio de Janeiro. While Butler has been rumored to be on the trade block, he is still just 26 years old and has four years left on his contract so it would be a surprise to see the Bulls move him. Despite a knee injury, Butler was still able to finish as a top-15 player in standard fantasy league and likely won't last past the first round of 2016-17 drafts.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 7 - 10:09 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jerian Grant
2Jose Calderon
3Aaron Brooks
4Spencer Dinwiddie
SG1Jimmy Butler
2E'Twaun Moore
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
3Tony Snell
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Pau Gasol
3Joakim Noah
4Cristiano Felicio