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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

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September 12, 2013 Updates

Mark Wahlberg has had quite the athletic career...in Hollywood, at least. The actor who played football's favorite underdog Vince Papale in "Invincible" and boxing legend Micky Ward in "The Fighter" is now getting his chance to showcase his athleticism on the hardwood. Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2012-13, tweeted and Instagrammed his account of a 1-on-1 game with Wahlberg at the Berto Center Wednesday night. Butler allegedly won 7-6, which is probably a closer game than it should have been. CSN Chicago

August 30, 2013 Updates
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"I’m excited [about the upcoming season]. I think going forward we really have a great opportunity to put ourselves among the elite teams in the game," Pippen said. "With the emergence of Jimmy Butler—I’ve seen him in the gym this summer—I know that kid is really preparing himself to be a better player. CSN Chicago

August 2, 2013 Updates

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week that the Bulls and Heat are expected to face off against each other in the season opener on Oct. 29. Bulls third-year guard Jimmy Butler says he and his teammates will not be looking forward to seeing LeBron James and Co. get their championship rings. "I don't think anybody wants to watch that on our team so we won't pay too much attention to it," Butler said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "They deserved it. They won a championship, definitely, but they got to deal with the Chicago Bulls for 48 minutes coming out right after that, they get their rings." ESPN.com

July 23, 2013 Updates

Jimmy Butler earned praise for his performance against LeBron James and the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 NBA playoffs, but the second-year Chicago Bulls guard got the wrong kind of attention Tuesday. Butler issued an apology on his Twitter account (@mr_2eight1) after a photo circulated on the Internet showing him wearing a T-shirt with profane lyrics from a song by rapper Lil' Wayne. "In regards to the picture that is circulating ... It was early last year and the shirt simply matched my shoes," Butler tweeted. "In no way do I support the message written on the shirt. I sincerely apologize to any of my fans who may have been offended. Much love, JB." Chicago Tribune

June 24, 2013 Updates

After the emergence of swingman Jimmy Butler during the playoffs last season, Deng is perhaps more expendable but unlikely to join John Wall and Bradley Beal in Washington. The Wizards have had discussions with several teams but the team still intends to make a selection Thursday, according to another league source. Washington Post

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