Jimmy Butler RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jimmy Butler, Point God?

    Blog-A-Bull "The Bulls are very thin at backup PG behind starter Derrick Rose. Returning backup Aaron Brooks turned in an up-and-down season, ending with a poor playoff performance. Behind Brooks, Kirk Hinrich looks like he may be done and E'Twaun Moore is still very much an unknown. Jimmy Butler is looking..." August 14

  • Jimmy Butler on Rose: 'I don't think either one of us is going anywhere'

    CBS Sports "Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler has already addressed the rumors about a rift with Derrick Rose, but the story isn't going away. In an interview with ESPN 1000's "The Waddle and Silvy Show," Butler reiterated that he didn't think it would be a discussion if the Bulls had performed better in..." August 14

  • Jimmy Butler on Bulls as title contenders: 'I like our chances'

    Fox Sports "Every offseason features a flurry of free agent activity as teams look to bolster their lineups in advance of the upcoming season. Some, however, feel just fine with what they’ve got. The Bulls fall into the latter group, after finishing the year with a second round playoff loss to LeBron..." July 27

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler says Derrick Rose has 'always been in my corner'

    ESPN Chicago "Coming off his breakout season, Jimmy Butler shot down any talk of tension with Chicago Bulls backcourt mate Derrick Rose. "I think he's always been supportive of me being aggressive, especially on offense," Butler said on ESPN's "First Take" on Wednesday. "We all know that I'll be the..." July 16

  • Jimmy Butler invited to USA basketball minicamp: report

    Chicago Tribune "Jimmy Butler's breakout season didn't just net him a $92 million contract. It caught the attention of USA Basketball. Butler will be invited to next month's minicamp in Las Vegas, according to an ESPN.com report. The team that will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de..." July 15

  • Jimmy Butler on reported tension with Derrick Rose: 'I don't think we have any issues'

    Pro Basketball Talk "After signing a five-year, $95 million deal to stay with the Bulls, Jimmy Butler has a lot off his mind. His willingness to take the five-year deal after previous reports that he was looking for a shorter contract should put to rest the notion that he is going to have trouble playing with Derrick..." July 03

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls finalizing a five-year, $95M maximum contract with player option after four years, league sources tell Yahoo.

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Hearing Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is leaning strongly toward taking the five-year, $90 mil max Chicago offered as opposed to shorter deal

  • Jimmy Butler finalizing $95 million contract with Bulls

    Yahoo! Sports "Jimmy Butler is finalizing a five-year, $95 million maximum contract to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Butler's deal will include a player option after the fourth year of the deal, sources told Yahoo. Teams pursuing Butler with offer sheet proposals have..." July 01

  • Jimmy Butler Considering Five-Year Max Offer From Bulls

    Real GM Basketball "Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler is giving consideration to accepting the franchise's offer of a five-year maximum contract, league sources told RealGM. The current offer sheet must include a player option on the fifth season for Butler to consider accepting, sources said." July 01

  • Jimmy Butler can’t sign one-year contract unless it’s with Bulls

    Larry Brown Sports "Jimmy Butler was reportedly hoping to leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason to sign a short-term deal with another team, but that is not going to happen. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Bulls made Butler — a restricted free agent — a Maximum Qualifying Offer on on Monday. The team..." June 30

  • Jimmy Butler is probably stuck with the Bulls. Here are his options

    SB Nation "Chicago Bulls restricted free agent Jimmy Butler has postponed meetings with a host of other teams after the Bulls offered a five-year, $90 million maximum contract, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Chicago also extended the standard one-year qualifying offer, worth $4.4 million. Butler..." June 30

  • Bulls' goal is to lock up Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy

    Chicago Tribune "Monday brought the introduction of first-round pick Bobby Portis and news that Kirk Hinrich exercised his $2.85 million player option for 2015-16, meaning 40 percent of the Bulls' offseason moves are complete. The rest of the to-do list involves re-signing restricted free agent Jimmy Butler,..." June 30

  • Jimmy Butler reportedly wants to leave Bulls, sign with Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "Jimmy Butler is a restricted free agent, meaning he can field offers from other teams but will have to remain with the Chicago Bulls if they match. Would he rather the Bulls just let him walk? According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Butler is hoping the Bulls let him leave to..." June 30

  • Bulls Give Jimmy Butler Max Qualifying Offer

    Real GM Basketball "The Chicago Bulls have given Jimmy Butler both a maximum qualifying offer and a regular qualifying offer. The maximum qualifying offer covers five seasons at a full max." June 29

  • Sources: Jimmy Butler plans to pursue shorter-term offer sheets

    Yahoo! Sports "Chicago Bulls restricted free-agent guard Jimmy Butler has plans to pursue shorter-term offer sheets this summer, resisting the Bulls’ initial plans to offer him a five-year, maximum contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As the NBA’s salary cap is set to dramatically rise..." June 17

  • NBA All-Defensive teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20

  • Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award

    Real GM Basketball "Jimmy Butler has won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The announcement will come later this week. Butler rejected an extension offer from the Chicago Bulls and betting on himself will likely lead to a max contract in the offseason as a restricted free agent." May 06

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    Vincent Goodwill @vgoodwill

    Jimmy Butler out for tonight vs Heat (left calf)

  • Jimmy Butler scores 19 in return as Bulls beat Hornets without Noah

    Chicago Sun-Times "With three weeks left in the regular season, the Bulls’ game plan is simple: Get healthy, stay healthy and let Tom Thibodeau Do. His. Job. The Bulls took a significant step in that direction Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets when leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after..." March 24

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Butler likely to go vs. Hornets.

  • Bulls' Thibodeau: Butler 'real close' to returning

    The Score "The reports on Jimmy Butler's recovery have been consistently positive and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday the shooting guard is getting real close to returning. Butler has missed the team's last 11 games after suffering an elbow sprain at the beginning of the month. It's..." March 21

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Gibson and Butler traveled and are "getting closer." Possible Butler returns before 3 weeks. Rose amping up rehab in Chicago.

  • Jimmy Butler loses $10,000 bet to student in shooting contest

    Sporting News "This probably didn't play out as Jimmy Butler expected. The Bulls All-Star, who is currently nursing an elbow injury, made a bet with a student from the Phoenix Military Academy: Make a 3-pointer and he'll give the school $10,000. Butler gave Jabaree White three chances to make it happen, but..." March 05

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-4 weeks with elbow sprain, but won't need surgery, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

  • Bulls' Butler (elbow) exits game, to have MRI

    ESPN Chicago "Jimmy Butler left Sunday's 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after hyperextending his left elbow. He did not return to the game and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. The Butler setback is the latest for a Chicago Bulls squad that has been bitten hard by the injury bug in recent days...." March 01

  • Jimmy Butler optimistic he’ll be able to play in the All-Star Game

    Pro Basketball Talk "For Jimmy Butler, making his first-ever All-Star team is a product of hard work and perseverance. But there’s a chance he might have to miss the big day on Sunday. He missed the Bulls’ Thursday night win over the Cavs with a shoulder injury he suffered on Tuesday, and he’s already been forced to..." February 13

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    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Confirmed @ShamsCharania report that Butler is dropping out of Skills Challenge on Saturday. Still hopes to play limited minutes in ASG.

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Butler MRI confirmed strain. Listed as day-to-day. Butler didn't practice. Hinrich out vs. Cavs.

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Bulls PR say that Butler is out for rest of game after aggravating right shoulder strain he suffered in Orlando.

  • Butler: Bulls' problems on D on me

    ESPN Chicago "After four seasons of absolute lock-down defense, the Chicago Bulls have been stunningly mediocre this season. And Jimmy Butler believes he knows why. Blame him. "I think it starts with me, to tell you the truth,'' Butler said before Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets. "I'm..." February 04

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Chicago's Jimmy Butler has been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

  • Bulls exec: Team will match any offer for Jimmy Butler

    The Score "Jimmy Butler is going to be with the Chicago Bulls at least a little while longer. The impending restricted free agent has been steadfast that he hopes to remain with the Bulls beyond this season, which has presented a major breakout at the offensive end. Butler turned down a reported..." January 24

  • Bulls Plan Max Offer For Jimmy Butler

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls fully expect to re-sign Jimmy Butler to a new maximum-salary deal in the summer, and they accept that the contract would put the club in position to pay the luxury tax, reports David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune. Bulls officials are planning a “proactive approach” to have Butler put pen..." January 10

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    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Thibs says Butler is ready to go tonight. Dunleavy is questionable. McDermott is still out.

  • Gasol, Butler proving more than Melo consolation prizes

    CSN Chicago "Even though Carmelo Anthony didn’t play on Thursday night as the Bulls hosted the Knicks — Anthony’s first foray back to Chicago since nearly joining the team during this summer’s free agency period — it was a sore reminder of what could’ve been. That being said, Thursday was also a resounding..." December 20

  • Don’t tell him but Jimmy Butler’s star is shining

    Chicago Sun-Times "Taj Gibson (left ankle) was expected in Boston on Thursday night, but he might not be ready to go Friday afternoon against the Celtics. Joakim Noah (left knee, left eye) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) participated in practice, but their availability has yet to be decided. At least the gang is..." November 28

  • Jimmy Butler looks like a max player

    Blog-A-Bull "It just seemed so crazy at the time. Butler, while an elite defender, was coming off a season that saw him shoot under 40 percent overall and under 30 percent from three-point range. Even if there were reasons to believe the horrendous shooting was an aberration, a max contract seemed..." November 15

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    Jessica Camerato @JCameratoNBA

    Bulls announce Jimmy Butler (L thumb sprain), Taj Gibson (L ankle sprain), Derrick Rose (both ankles sprains) probable tomorrow vs Magic

  • Jimmy Butler is confident he will remain a Bull

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler not only is “betting on himself.’’ He’s wagering that a new $24 billion television deal will keep him in Chicago. The Bulls guard and his agent, Happy Walters, walked away from a take-it-or-leave-it offer from the Bulls on Friday. Even with the deadline having passed and Butler..." November 03

  • Jimmy Butler rejects Bulls’ final offer, plans to enter restricted free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "Talks on a contract extension for Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler ended without a deadline deal on Friday, agent Happy Walters told Yahoo Sports. Butler rejected the Bulls’ final offer on Friday morning and plans to enter into restricted free agency in July. “It came down to me deciding..." October 31

  • Bulls’ Jimmy Butler to miss 2-4 weeks with thumb injury

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls are one of the elite defensive teams in the league, and while Joakim Noah anchors things inside, Jimmy Butler is their best perimeter defender, often stopping opposing plays before they can even get started. Butler was originally believed to be a game-time decision for Wednesday’s..." October 29

  • Bulls' Butler (thumb) questionable for opener

    ESPN Chicago "Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler remains questionable for Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the New York Knicks because of sprained ligaments in his thumb. Butler did not practice on Tuesday, but he did continue taking jumpers with a taped-up thumb. "I feel better," Butler said. "Go..." October 28

  • Sprained thumb could sideline Jimmy Butler at start of regular season

    Blog-A-Bull "Jimmy Butler was in obvious pain when he injured his thumb during the first quarter of Sunday's preseason victory against the Charlotte Hornets. Butler came over the sideline wincing, but the Bulls did not take him out of the game. He stayed on the court for a few more minutes until Aaron Brooks..." October 21

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler: 'I'm not even supposed to be in the NBA'

    CSN Chicago "Jimmy Butler has always been a menace on the defensive end, but the fourth-year guard is starting to realize his immense potential on the offensive end as well. For the third-straight preseason game, Butler flourished from the floor. He was instrumental in the Bulls’ 110-90 victory over Denver..." October 14

  • Jimmy Butler looking to bounce back after so-so season

    Chicago Sun-Times "Guard Jimmy Butler had to get away. Last season, he felt under-used offensively and overlooked when D.J. Augustin was running the point and even had a sit-down with coach Tom Thibodeau before the Bulls’ victory in Game 3 against the Wizards to discuss it. He had just played 53 minutes and..." October 10

  • Why the Jimmy Butler contract negotiations could get tricky

    CSN Chicago "As the Bulls prepare for the start of a new season, one off-the-court issue could cause some stress for the front office. Fourth year swingman Jimmy Butler is eligible for a contract extension, which can be negotiated until October 31. If the two parties can’t agree on a deal by then, Butler..." October 03

  • Butler hopeful Bulls extension comes soon

    ESPN Chicago "Jimmy Butler is hoping to stay in Chicago. The swingman made that clear after Tuesday's first practice as the Bulls' front office and Butler's agent, Happy Walters, continue to try to hammer out an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline. "I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls..." October 01

  • Bulls' Butler tired but not complaining

    ESPN Chicago "Jimmy Butler is tired. After being a league leader in minutes throughout the season, and playing 53 minutes in a Game 2 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards, the Chicago Bulls swingman admits that he is feeling a little fatigued heading into Game 3. "I do," he said after Friday's..." April 25

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    Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls

    Per Thibodeau, Butler will play and start tonight. #GSWvsCHI