HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

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Perhaps that edge might come from Butler, a junior college product who eventually wound up in the NBA by way of blue-collar Marquette. “I’m from Tomball [Texas]. I’m not even supposed to be in the NBA, let alone be a star player. I just want to be wanted, I just want to play hard,” he said after his third-straight game of at least 18 points on at least 60 percent shooting. “A star player, a role player, a bench player, whatever it takes." When asked about his humility, he said, "I have to be because I’m from Tomball, and nobody with a mic in front of my face can tell me where that is.” CSN Chicago

October 10, 2014 Updates

“I thought his defense was terrific and he did a lot of things that were good, but I never thought he found a rhythm,” said Thibodeau of Butler, who earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors last season. “That’s why it’s so important to practice and play and get yourself ready for the season. “The one thing about this year, he came back a lot lighter and in much better shape,” added Thibodeau of Butler. “He’s played very well in training camp.” NBA.com

October 5, 2014 Updates

There are some intriguing players who will sign extensions or become free agents next summer, such as Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, Faried, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Miami’s Norris Cole, and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The Celtics don’t have to worry about such four-year contract issues. That was the year they acquired JaJuan Johnson on draft night for MarShon Brooks. Johnson never stuck in the NBA and is now playing for Besiktas in the Turkish League. Brooks, meanwhile, has signed with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League. Boston Globe

September 30, 2014 Updates

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 want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation". ESPN.com

Butler is hoping the process doesn't take too long, but he is going to take everything in stride. "I don't really think about it too much," Butler said. "I grew up without money. I think I'll be all right for a couple more days. I just play basketball. That's what I know. And if you play basketball the right way, the contract situation will handle itself." ESPN.com

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Butler and his representatives undoubtedly saw the big-money deals wings like Gordon Hayward signed as a restricted free agent this offseason. The Bulls would prefer not to let Butler reach restricted status, which allows the Bulls to match any offers he might receive next summer. Deadlines always expedite negotiations. Stay tuned on this and what promises to be an engaging Bulls season. Chicago Tribune

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Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal. Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as a contender. ESPN.com

July 17, 2014 Updates

Jimmy Butler’s Taylor Swift sing along in the Bulls locker room earlier this year makes a little more sense now. The Bulls guard was on hand Friday for the country music festival, Windy City Smokeout, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. Ex-Bear Greg Olsen – now with the Carolina Panthers —was also there, separately. On Saturday, Butler checked out the National Women’s Soccer League game between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC and then tweeted a photo of himself out to dinner with Reign star Sydney Leroux. Chicago Tribune

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Chicago, said to be Love’s other preferred destination, has the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft in addition to burgeoning talents Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Gibson, who will turn 29 this month, is deceptively old. It’s unclear whether the Bulls would throw the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, onto the table. Boston Herald

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Jimmy Butler didn’t end the season in a happy place. The Bulls two-guard was downright disappointed with the way he was used in a five-game first-round playoff exit against the Washington Wizards. According to one teammate, Butler was unhappy enough that he actually met with coach Tom Thibodeau after Game  2 and voiced his complaints. Chicago Sun-Times

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