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Is this an issue now? Yes. Jimmy Butler, who leads the NBA in minutes played, is already showing signs of fatigue as he tries to defend high-octane wing players every night and carry the scoring load as Rose works his way back. While neither Thibs nor Butler would ever acknowledge such fatigue, opposing players say privately that Butler isn't the physical force he was just a month ago. One of the reasons the Bulls became the popular pick as the team to win the Eastern Conference was Butler's emergence as a two-way force, so his maintenance has become nearly as important as that of Rose, Noah and now All-Star starter Gasol. ESPN.com

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No player means any more to his team at both ends of the floor than Butler does to the Bulls, who stand ready to show how much they believe that. Internally, the Bulls are planning to take a proactive approach to contract negotiations with Butler next July and secure the shooting guard for a long-term spot alongside Derrick Rose. Chicago Tribune

They began preparing for that inevitability one year ago this week when they reset the clock on the NBA's repeater tax — which penalizes teams that pay the luxury tax three of four seasons — by trading Luol Deng to the Cavaliers. They fully expect to sign Butler to a max deal next July before another team even gets involved to tempt him with an offer sheet, which the CBA says they can after the moratorium ends. They accept that the size of Butler's contract will put the Bulls in position to pay the luxury tax, something Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says he will do for a championship contender his team is. Chicago Tribune

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