“We wouldn’t have made the move we did if we didn’t feel ready to make it a long-term commitment,” Van Gundy said Friday. “There’s no guarantees. He’s a (restricted free agent). We know we can keep him through next year no matter what he does, but we feel good about making a long-term commitment to him and hopefully he’ll feel real comfortable making a long-term commitment here and we’ll get it done.
November 30, 2015 | 7:12 pm EST Update
Sam Smith: Popovich on Jimmy Butler: “He’s been on the same trajectory as Kawhi Leonard; they get better every year and play both ends of the court. You can look at teams and start counting how many players play at both ends at a high level. There are not that many.”