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Butler, in theory, could play next season on a qualifying offer of just more than $3 million in the hopes of getting to unrestricted free agency and a higher maximum contract of four years and roughly $97 million in 2016 when the TV money makes the cap jump. Butler also could opt for a trade or a creatively-structured shorter deal with a trade kicker and player option. For instance, a four-year, $70 million deal with a player option in the final season could get Butler to unrestricted free agency in the land of unprecedented salary caps earlier. The Bulls almost certainly would match that offer. That's the thing about both sides betting on themselves. No harm, no foul, it's just the price of doing business. It's now a matter of how many millions Butler's jump will cost the Bulls. Chicago Tribune

March 11, 2015 Updates

But it’s almost always hip-hop. Some Drake, Kanye West, sometime’s it’s edgier stuff. Sometimes it’s throwbacks like Biggie, Tupac, DMX. And if it’s Jimmy Butler’s turn in the Chicago locker room, it’s some country too. “I get my own playlist in warmups sometimes,” Butler told ProBasketballTalk. “My teammates don’t like it very much because it’s country music, but they get over it.” Country? Yes. Starting with Taylor Swift. “I like Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I like music as a whole, but her music is kinda catchy. I’m sure she’ll hear this interview now and be like ‘what’s going on?’” NBCSports.com

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Speaking of people who have been there since Day 1, what kind of impact has Derrick Rose made on you? Jimmy Butler: Derrick is one of the better people that I've come to know because, if you look at what he does in this community — and I'm not even talking about the basketball aspect of it, we all know how great of a basketball player he is, but what he does for the city of Chicago, the passion that he has for kids — I think that is what really shows you who he is. You see him on the billboards and on the commercials, but you take that away from him, he's still a person like everybody else on our roster. And that's what I get from him the most, how much he cares about people other than himself, man. What else can you want in a point guard? I call him my brother. What else can you want in a brother? CBSSports.com

Scottie Pippen said he sees your career as being very similar to his because you were both doubted and had to work for everything. What's it like to hear that, and have you had the chance to pick his brain in Chicago? Jimmy Butler: It means a lot coming from a guy like Scottie because you see what he's done for this league, this city, this community. A Hall of Famer, all of that. As far as picking his brain, I ask Scottie a lot of questions and he's always honest. Brutally honest, however you want to put it. He's never lied to me a day and he's always told me how good I can be and how much potential that he sees. I have a lot of respect for him and I thank him all the time for that. CBSSports.com

March 3, 2015 Updates
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The Chicago Bulls announced today that an MRI of Jimmy Butler confirmed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. It is estimated that Butler may be out three to six weeks. On the year, Butler has appeared in 55 games (all starts) and averaged a team-high 20.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.73 spg (ninth in the NBA) and 0.58 bpg in 38.9 mpg (first in the NBA). NBA.com

Jimmy Butler will miss an extended period of time and be evaluated on a week-to-week basis after Monday's MRI exam confirmed a sprained left elbow, league sources said. Butler suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Clippers when he ran into a DeAndre Jordan screen in the third quarter. He didn't return. Chicago Tribune

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