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Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Position: G
Born: 09/14/89
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $0
When the season ended, there were reports that you had issues with Derrick Rose. Jimmy Butler: I don’t think we have any issues. I think we’re fine. 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.
So there’s no truth to the reports? Jimmy Butler: I never read the reports so I couldn’t tell you what they said. To tell you the truth, if you read it, something’s going to piss you off, so I really don’t. There’s a lot of people that think I’m a terrible basketball player, so it’s just gonna piss me off. And if it’s people who think I’m good, I’ll be happy. I’m just not gonna read it at all and stay content in my own mind.
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In his first postseason public comments regarding his relationship with Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler said both players want to win and he respects his Bulls’ backcourt mate. “I don’t think we have any issues. I think we’re fine,” Butler told Rolling Stone magazine. “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 shared his impressions of new coach Fred Hoiberg with Rolling Stone. “He’s a really good coach. He knows what he’s doing,” Butler told the magazine. “He has some great offensive schemes and a great coaching staff. I think he’s gonna be good for the Bulls. I think Chicago will like him. He’s a very likeable guy, very successful at the college level and hopefully he can bring it to the Bulls.”
Is it true that you took significantly less money to be on Team Jordan? What led to that decision? Jimmy Butler: I’ve always been a fan of Mike and his game. What he did for the game of basketball as a whole, and what he did off the court for it too, whether it was with Hanes or his shoe brand. But I’ve always been a fan of the tennis shoe. So when I got an opportunity to switch from Adidas to Jordan, I just thought it was the right choice, because I’ve never had problems with my feet. I’m not bashing Adidas at all, but I got turf toe one year and rolled my ankles a few times. That’s never happened, whenever I was at Marquette with Jordan or before that, with Nike. So I thought maybe I should go back to that shoe. And then Jordan picked me up.
Did any of your Adidas-wearing teammates [like Derrick Rose] try to convince you to stay on Adidas? Jimmy Butler: No. No. You can’t convince me, once my mind’s made up. They already knew. I was probably telling them halfway through the season, whenever it is, “When this year’s over, y’all can count on not seeing me in Adidas. I’m gonna be straight Jordan-ed out.” Now I’m never wanting to leave Brand Jordan.
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According to veteran Mike Dunleavy, the two have had several conversations concerning next season, and Butler has made it clear to Dunleavy that he wanted to stay a Bull. “I really think that Jimmy will be back,’’ Dunleavy said. “I’m really optimistic that he and I will both be back. I’ve talked to him a little over the course of this summer. Obviously, nothing is set in stone and he’s got to go through the process, but I would be surprised if Jimmy’s in another uniform next year besides the Bulls.’’

Jimmy Butler postpones meetings with other teams

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The Chicago Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a maximum five-year, $90 million contract Monday, leading the restricted free agent to postpone meetings with several others teams as he decides how many years to re-sign with the Bulls for, sources said. Butler could do a four-year deal with a player option after three years to capitalize on new salary-cap money. The Bulls also offered him a one-year qualifying offer of $4.5 million, sources said.
A funky, season-ending loss to the Cavaliers in which Rose played a passive second half as Butler shot 12 times has stirred questions about their chemistry now that Butler has joined Rose as a primary scorer. But a league source insisted Butler possibly signing a shorter-term deal in restricted free agency is based on the changing financial landscape coming with the league’s new TV deal. “I haven’t seen (friction),” said general manager Gar Forman, who has talked to Butler recently. “In all our minds, you’ve got two guys who can attack, want to run, can play off the dribble and playmake for themselves and others. They haven’t had a chance to do it a whole lot because of the injuries. But there’s no reason those two shouldn’t be able to play at a high level and be one of the best backcourts in the league.”
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