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Sources say Butler could be officially introduced as the league's MIP award winner as early as Thursday, with Friday's Game 3 at home against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals looming as a natural opportunity for the NBA to present Butler with the award in front of his home fans at the United Center. ESPN.com

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Nick Friedell: Butler says he has spoken to teammates about performance. "I'll stay on us about it. I'm supposed to be the primetime defensive guy and I haven't been guarding a soul. I've been worried about offense too much and I need to change that quickly or it's going to be my fault." Twitter @NickFriedell

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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

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