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The Chicago Bulls did not have their starting shooting guard available for Game 1 of the 2014-15 NBA regular against New York and Jimmy Butler's retur...

Butler, Bulls still confident deal will be done

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler wants to stay in Chicago. The Bulls want Butler to stay in Chicago. So why did Friday night's deadline pass without an extension being reached on both sides? While neither party wanted to come out and say it, it sounds like one of the biggest reasons was because of the new $24 billion dollar television deal the league signed earlier this month with ESPN and Turner. Butler, and his agent, Happy Walters, believe he is worth more than the Bulls were offering.
Blog a Bull 11 hours ago

Jimmy Butler rejects Bulls' 'final offer,' likely headed to restricted free agency

There's technically still time for the Bulls and Butler to reconvene, but the sides are done talking for now with the deadline only several hours away. It's looking like there won't be any last-minute contract extension for Jimmy Butler. The 25-year-old swingman has rejected the Bulls' "final offer" and plans to enter restricted free agency next summer, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes straight from Butler: "It came down to me deciding that I want to bet on myself," Butler told Yahoo Sports in a text message on Friday. "It was about me believing that I put the...
Blog a Bull 16 hours ago

Jimmy Butler extension 'unlikely' as deadline approaches, per reports

There's still a gap to bridge with Butler's extension deadline later tonight, although Taj Gibson was able to bridge that gap with his extension two years ago. Taj Gibson knows all about Jimmy Butler's situation. Two years ago, a Gibson extension looked unlikely heading into the Oct. 31 deadline before the big man inked a deal AFTER the Bulls beat the Kings, just beating the buzzer on the deadline. Could history repeat itself with Butler? Right now, the general consensus is that the Bulls and Butler won't get a deal done. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported two days ago that a...

Is Jimmy Butler worth $12 million a year?

CHICAGO -- The Jimmy Butler contract situation is one full of questions with no clear-cut answers. The biggest one being: How much money is Jimmy Butler worth? ESPN's Marc Stein reported Thursday night that Butler is one of several players from the 2011 class unlikely to receive extensions by Friday's deadline. Butler's worth is the question is at the forefront of the minds of Bulls general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson.

Jimmy Butler update on two fronts

The Chicago Bulls did not have their starting shooting guard available for Game 1 of the 2014-15 NBA regular against New York and Jimmy Butler's retur...

Bulls remain undecided on improving Butler

CHICAGO – With the season opening game just three days away, Jimmy Butler’s status remains uncertain with sprained ligaments in his left thumb. Butler had the thumb wrapped heavily Sunday. He didn’t practice with the team, but he was taking jump shots after practice and seemed to be making progress toward being available for Wednesday’s game at New York against the Knicks. Coach Tom Thibodeau was non-committal about his guard’s status, though.
Blog a Bull Oct 21, 2014

Jimmy Butler injury: Sprained thumb could sideline Bulls wing at start of regular season

The season doesn't begin until next Wednesday, but the Bulls already have their first injured starter. 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 was subbed in with one minute remaining in the period. The Bulls confirmed the initial diagnosis for Butler with an MRI on Tuesday. He has a sprained left thumb. He won't practice the rest of the...

Butler (thumb) will miss preseason finale

Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in Friday's preseason finale after an MRI confirmed he sprained ligaments in his left thumb. The Bulls announced the news Tuesday and said that Butler would be re-evaluated later in the week. Butler injured the thumb during Sunday night's win over the Charlotte Hornets after going for a steal in the first quarter. He stayed in the game for a few more minutes after the initial injury but was taken out and never returned.
Blog a Bull Oct 20, 2014

Jimmy Butler thumb injury might have him miss rest of preseason

MRI on Tuesday Jimmy Butler sprained his thumb Sunday night and did not play against the Cavaliers on Monday. KC Johnson with the details: Jimmy Butler will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Chicago, but early indications are that his sprained left thumb won't need surgery. The Bulls officially called [Butler] day to day. It was strange to hear Thibodeau tell the media that surgery wasn't warranted before acknowledging the MRI hadn't occurred yet, but in all likelihood this is minor. The Bulls only have one remaining preseason game, Friday, so the Bulls may be cautious with this one and give...

Butler out for remainder of game

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler will miss the rest of Sunday night's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets after he injured his left thumb. The injury, dubbed a sprained thumb by the Bulls, occurred with about five minutes left in the first quarter, when Butler went for a steal. He stayed in the game at the time but was taken out toward the end of the first quarter and never returned. Butler, who is having the best preseason stretch of his career, has been the Bulls' most consistent all-around player since training camp opened.
Chicago Tribune Oct 17, 2014

Jimmy Butler puts whole offensive game together

Jimmy Butler gave Chris Johnson a simple rule when he decided to use the Houston-based skills trainer this offseason.

Jimmy Butler puts whole offensive game together

Jimmy Butler gave Chris Johnson a simple rule when he decided to use the Houston-based skills trainer this offseason.

Confidence soars for lighter Jimmy Butler

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler's performance during Thursday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks prompted excited cheers from all over the basketball universe. How big was Butler's 20-point fourth quarter, coupled with a winning three-pointer at the buzzer? Actor Mark Wahlberg sent Butler a shoutout on Instagram, congratulating him on his late-game heroics. Butler and Wahlberg became friendly after meeting a couple summers ago while the actor was in town to film a movie.
Blog a Bull Oct 17, 2014

Jimmy Butler video: buzzer beat caps 29 points on 8-for-14 shooting

So Jimmy Butler had himself a (practice) game last night, scoring 29 points buoyed by a ridiculous 16 FTAs. It included a monster 4th quarter run by him and the Bulls against the Hawks C-squad. But hey, John Jenkins was technically drafted higher than Butler. Butler also hit his only 3 of the night (and I believe preseason) on that game-winner, but honestly if it takes giving up the 3-pointer to be this ridiculously efficient on offense, why not. It's best watched with the sound off. I'd say Stacey King got a bit out of control, but that's more his default setting. You can also check out the...
Northwest Herald Oct 17, 2014

Butler scores 20 in fourth, leads Bulls' rally past Hawks

CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 20-point fourth quarter, and the Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit with 11 minutes to play to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 85-84, Thursday night in an exhibition game.

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