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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 downplayed the reported tension between himself and Derrick Rose during a recent interview.
"I don’t think we have any issues. I think we’re fine," said Butler of his relationship with Rose. "I think we’re two basketball players that want to win games. That’s where I’ll leave it at. I think we just wanna win, bring a championship the city, to the organization. I think that’s our job. And I think we’re gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen. I have a lot of respect for the guy." Butler's willingness to sign a five-year deal with Chicago would make it appear that this supposed tension will be a non-issue moving forward. Jul 3 - 9:18 AM

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Updating a previous item, Jimmy Butler's contract will be a five-year, $90 million deal with the fifth year being a player option.

He's going to under contract with the Bulls for at least four years before he'll have a chance to opt out. Butler's presence on offense made serious strides last year and he should thrive in coach Fred Hoiberg's up-tempo system. He's a target at the end of the first round in fantasy leagues.
Jul 1 - 2:55 PM

Jimmy Butler is finalizing a max deal with the Bulls worth $95 million over five years.

The other teams after Butler have given up, so the Bulls have their man. There were some rumblings of Butler being worried about it being "Derrick Rose's team" and that will have to be something to watch. Butler led the NBA in minutes per game last season and was the eighth-best player in fantasy per game. He could be even better next year.
Jul 1 - 2:24 PM

Jimmy Butler is reportedly "leaning strongly" towards accepting the Bulls' five-year, $90 million max offer as opposed to a shorter deal.

This is obviously great news for Bulls fans, but they will able to breathe much easier when an agreement is reached. The Lakers are rumored to be a serious contender for Butler, but a long-term deal with the Bulls would put that interest to bed. We should have another update shortly.
Jul 1 - 10:18 AM

Jimmy Butler is "considering accepting" the Bulls' max five-year contract offer, according to RealGM's Shams Charania.

The contract would reportedly include a player option for the 2019-20 season and Butler "plans to sleep on [the] decision." This undermines previous reports stating that Butler preferred a one-year deal with the Lakers, and the maximum salary offered may be enough to keep Jimmy in Chicago long-term. He could make his decision as soon as Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 1:13 AM

Jimmy Butler is likely to return to the Bulls after postponing meetings with teams interested in signing him, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Butler had meetings scheduled with the Celtics, 76ers, Lakers, and Mavericks, but has apparently postponed those meetings after reportedly receiving a max offer from the Bulls. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but Broussard is reporting that Butler is now just deciding how many years he wants to re-sign with Chicago for.
Jun 30 - 12:00 PM

The Bulls have made a max qualifying offer to Jimmy Butler, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.

With this type of qualifying offer, teams can't offer less than three years on a deal with Butler. The Bulls will match any deal and did this to prevent teams from offering him a one-year deal, which would make Butler an unrestricted free agent next summer. If some of the reports are true and Butler really wants to be an unrestricted free agent next summer, he would have to just accept the qualifying offer -- like Greg Monroe did last summer -- and leave up to $90 million on the table. Butler already gambled on himself once, but that would be a huge risk.
Jun 29 - 5:48 PM

Jimmy Butler wants to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers in free agency, sources told the Los Angeles Daily News.

It's an LA-based report for a player in desperate need of leverage with his current team, so consider that when you're examining the full picture. While we don't doubt the Lakers' interest in Butler nor Butler's interest in the Lakers, Chicago is going to match any offer Butler receives in free agency this summer. On top of that, the Lakers actually can't sign Butler to a one-year qualifying offer, so this report smells like day-old cat food left out in the sun.
Jun 29 - 9:28 AM

Jimmy Butler could be "willing to play hardball with the Bulls" in the free agent market, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The report adds Jimmy is turned off because of the idea that the Bulls are "Derrick Rose's team." It would appear Butler may look to get a short-term deal as a restricted free agent, which the Bulls could match. After that, he would be unrestricted and could sign anywhere. This could get interesting.
Jun 26 - 2:13 PM

Jimmy Butler reportedly plans to pursue a short-term contract this offseason as a restricted free agent in order to again hit the open market after the salary cap skyrockets in 2016.

It's a smart move for Jimmy, as the max-contract offer of five-years $90 million he'll receive this offseason will be nowhere near a max-deal in just a few years. In fact, based on the current projections of what the cap could be in the future, Butler could potentially sign a five-year, $190 million in 2017. Additionally, he has been spending his time in Los Angeles this summer, which reportedly has increased his intrigue with signing a deal with the Lakers. However, the Bulls will be able to match anything Butler receives on the open market this offseason, so he'll likely remain in Chicago for at least a few more seasons.
Jun 16 - 6:21 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 20 points during a Game 6 94-73 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

He was the main man for the offense in the second half, but the Bulls completely fell apart in halfcourt sets. Butler's isolation scoring could have another leap next season and teams will be offering up max deals to him, but the Bulls will match any offer for him. As it stands right now, he's a second-round pick for fantasy drafts next season.
May 14 - 10:43 PM

The Bulls lost Game 5 despite Jimmy Butler's team-high 29 points (9-of-18 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), three 3-pointers, nine rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

Defense hasn't been a problem for Chicago, as they're holding their opponents to a playoff-low 43.8 effective FG percentage while posting the best defensive efficiency rating (95.2 points allowed per 100 possessions). Butler's outburst kept Chicago in the game down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to overcome Derrick Rose's nagging injuries, Taj Gibson's ejection and Pau Gasol's absence with a sore hamstring.
May 12 - 10:01 PM

Jimmy Butler credits Luol Deng for his success in the NBA.

Deng was a mentor for Butler when the two were together with the Bulls, and Deng would tell Butler stories about playing 40-plus minutes routinely, how to manage his body and adjust to the grind of the NBA. It's just yet another reason to like both players for their commitment to the game, and it's easy to see why Deng and Butler connected immediately as selfless personalities.
Source: Real GM
May 11 - 9:16 AM

Jimmy Butler will be a restricted free agent this summer, but he reiterated his desire to stay with the Bulls.

"This is a place for me. I love playing with the guys that we have," Butler said. "They continue to bring in great, high character guys that fit the team role. I love it here. I'm happy to be here." Butler has become one of the best two-way players in the league, and he recently was named the NBA's Most Improved Player. He will have plenty of suitors over the summer, including the Lakers, a team that reportedly plans to offer a max deal, but the Bulls would be crazy to not match any contract that comes Butler's way. With season averages of 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.1 three-pointers, Butler will likely be off the board in the first couple of rounds next season.
Source: USA Today
May 10 - 9:42 AM

Jimmy Butler started off slow but finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and five steals in Friday's Game 3 win over the Cavs.

Butler helped hold LeBron James to 8-of-25 shooting and was all over the floor, per usual. Derrick Rose will get all of the attention for his big popcorn line and game-winning prayer, but Butler is the Bull that deserves the game ball.
May 8 - 11:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Bobby Portis
5Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah