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January 6, 2014 Updates
December 30, 2013 Updates

Despite aggravating the right turf toe that previously sidelined him for 11 games on Saturday, Jimmy Butler said he's playing Monday night for the Bulls against the Memphis Grizzlies. "I feel good," Butler said. Chicago Tribune

December 23, 2013 Updates

Butler sat one game with a sprained right ankle, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he took contact throughout the practice and moved well. Luol Deng didn't practice. He said last week he hoped to return on Christmas or the next game from missing the last two games with a sore left Achilles. The Bulls next play Saturday at home against the Mavericks. Chicago Tribune

December 19, 2013 Updates
December 10, 2013 Updates

Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler will miss Tuesday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls even more shorthanded again. Deng will miss his second straight game with a sore left Achilles. Butler is out for the 10th straight time because of turf toe. Chicago Tribune

December 3, 2013 Updates

Don't expect to see Butler yet: Jimmy Butler has been out for two weeks now because of turf toe, and Thibodeau doesn't sound optimistic about his return in the next couple of days. He said Butler still hasn't practiced and is just able to take some shots. With the recent solid play of rookie Tony Snell, Thibodeau is going to have a decision to make whenever Butler is ready on whether to put him back into the starting lineup. "I'm just concerned Jimmy's been out a long time," Thibodeau said. "So when you miss a lot of time, it's hard to come back." ESPN.com

November 29, 2013 Updates
November 26, 2013 Updates

Carlos Boozer's big contract expires after 2014-15, and he will make $16.8 million the final year. It will be tough to move his deal and get what they want in return. The Bulls could always amnesty Boozer in the offseason, but their philosophy on that has always been: "Where else are we going to get 17 points and eight rebounds a game?" Guard Jimmy Butler is an asset, but the Bulls aren't interested in moving him. USA Today Sports

November 25, 2013 Updates
November 24, 2013 Updates

Several players, including Rose, have fully lined up with coach Tom Thibodeau in his never-ending battle with the front office. Rose and Luol Deng carry resentments with management, too. Thibodeau doesn't want to lose Deng to free agency, but management seems determined to choose the younger Jimmy Butler's contract extension over Deng for the future. Thibodeau is in the second season of a four-year contract extension, but those close to him and the Bulls wonder: Is this a partnership doomed to perish sooner than later? With Rose and a championship contender, there was reason for Thibodeau to push through a most toxic environment. Now? Rose returns to perpetual rehab, Deng plays out his deal, and Thibodeau and his nemesis, general manager Gar Forman, could come to a crossroads sooner than later. Yahoo! Sports

November 21, 2013 Updates

In this regard, Chicago is blessed. The Bulls retain the cheap services of Jimmy Butler, are still owed a potentially lucrative first-round pick from Charlotte and have top European prospect Nikola Mirotic waiting in the wings. When Chicago inevitably loses veteran talent due to financial constraints, it has genuine talent and quality assets with which to replace them. This will allow the Bulls to have a sustained run at success, to stay good and to fire more than one bullet at winning a title. The repeater tax being what it is may break up the current team, but new blood can come in and push it back to competitiveness, so as to not waste Rose's still-distant prime years. SB Nation

November 20, 2013 Updates
November 19, 2013 Updates

After suffering a right-toe injury midway through the third quarter of Monday night’s Bulls win over Charlotte at the United Center, Jimmy Butler returned to the game in the final period. After the victory, however, the third-year swingman acknowledged that he was in some pain. Butler didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice at the Berto Center and his status for the Bulls’ upcoming “Circus Trip,” which begins with Thursday’s game against the Nuggets in Denver, is uncertain. “He didn’t do anything [at practice],” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s going to have an MRI this afternoon.” “I don’t know [about Butler’s availability],” he continued the coach, who noted that initial X-rays on Butler’s toe were negative. “I want to see what they [the Bulls’ medical staff] have to say after the MRI, so we’ll know more [Tuesday] afternoon. CSN Chicago

November 8, 2013 Updates

Deng has made just 1 of 15 3-point attempts. Rose has clanked 15 of 20. Neither Joakim Noah nor Jimmy Butler has looked fully comfortable offensively, occasionally passing up shots. This all has combined to allow defenses to sag off the perimeter. The Bulls managed just 14 points in the paint and four fast-break points against the Pacers. "It's not necessarily just the points in the paint as much as it is the ball hitting the paint," Thibodeau said. "Your offense is going to function a lot better if the ball hits the paint before you shoot, whether it's dribble penetration or the post-up. And the numbers always bear that out. That's something that we talked about (Thursday). Chicago Tribune

October 30, 2013 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has exercised its fourth-year option for the 2014-15 season for guard/forward Jimmy Butler, and its third-year option for the 2014-15 season for guard Marquis Teague. By exercising the respective player options, both players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2014-15 season. NBA.com

October 16, 2013 Updates

On a day when Joakim Noah said he would make his preseason debut and Derrick Rose is expected to return from sitting one game with left knee soreness, Jimmy Butler is a game-time decision with an unspecified leg injury. Butler could be seen limping through a first-half stretch of Saturday's preseason victory over the Wizards in Brazil. But he played through the pain and said afterward he felt fine. Chicago Tribune

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