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February 26, 2015 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Bulls say Derrick Rose will have a meniscectomy Friday morning to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Timetable after surgery. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Butler's offensive emergence and defensive consistency have helped Chicago reach the top of the Central Division standings, despite injuries to Rose and Joakim Noah. But Butler's progress will almost certainly cost the Bulls a small fortune. Last fall they offered a contract worth more than $40 million over four years. Butler says a deal was "really close," but he chose to bet on himself instead. Next summer he's likely to weigh offers of $70 million over four years as a restricted free agent, though executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson has vowed to match them. "In terms of being a two-way player," says Thibodeau, "he's as good as it gets." Sports Illustrated

On the court, Butler admits, he compensated for feelings of inadequacy with an "ego problem." Envisioning himself as the next Tracy McGrady, the Rockets' star he idolized, Butler would brag to teammates that he could score 40 points on Derrick Rose, if the top player in the 2007 high school class would only dare come to Texas. But despite earning All-District honors as a senior, Butler failed to make real noise in Houston's AAU scene and received no Division I offers. "I was never good enough," he says, shaking his head. "It was always me against the world. I thought like that for so long." Sports Illustrated

Multiple sources confirmed Wednesday night that because there was minimal swelling in the knee, team physician Brian Cole would conduct the surgery at the Gold Coast Surgicenter no later than Friday afternoon, with Thursday still a possibility. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the organization knew that a second surgery on the knee was always a possibility. Chicago Sun-Times

Shams Charania: Bulls have held exploratory conversations with Nate Robinson, sources tell RealGM. Chicago in plan mode, w/ some hope Derrick Rose returns. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Thibodeau said surgery hasn't been scheduled, but sources said while it's mostly Rose's decision, it will happen sooner rather than later, likely Friday because of minimal swelling. Team physician Brian Cole, who also repaired Rose's first torn meniscus in November 2013 and his torn ACL in May 2012, will perform the procedure. Rose underwent surgery two days after the first meniscus tear. Chicago Tribune

An official timeline for Rose's return won't be known until Cole performs the surgery, but multiple sources expressed strong belief that this tear isn't as significant as the one Rose had in November 2013. Sources added the expectation is that this procedure will remove a small cartilage tear, suggesting a shorter rehabilitation period. Chicago Tribune

"I don't know what to say other than it's so unfair," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The guy has been through so much. What he has put into it and this one — not that any time you have surgery it's not tough — will hopefully be much shorter than the other ones. But the big thing is our concern for him first as a person." Chicago Tribune

Joakim Noah, who doesn’t hide his emotions, didn’t even want to meet with the media, and the front office was unavailable for comment. “Very tough news, unexpected,’’ Pau Gasol said. “Heartbreaking in a way because of how much he has been through the last couple of years. Difficult to deal with; we feel for him. He’s definitely a key player for us, as well.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

For a moment, Luol Deng was back in Chicago, back with the Bulls, back to one of those nauseating moments when word broke of another injury setback for Derrick Rose. "Honestly," he said Wednesday, "I was almost in tears. It's different when you know the guy that well." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 25, 2015 Updates


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