HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

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Butler and the Bulls have until Oct. 31, the deadline for first-round picks heading into their fourth season, to come to terms. He will become a restricted free agent after the season if a deal cannot be agreed upon before the deadline. “I think we’re going to figure it out,” Butler said prior to the Bulls' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “My main focus is now of all time is to get healthy. If you’re healthy, you’ll get paid anyway. That’s all I’m worried about it." ESPN.com

Has Butler ever wavered about wanting to be with the Bulls? “No, no, no, no.This is definitely the city, the team I want to be on," Butler said. "At the end of the day, at the beginning of the day, I want to be a Chicago Bull for as long as possible.” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau commended Butler on how he’s dealt with the contract discussion. “I think Jimmy’s handled it well,” Thibodeau said. “He’s allowing his agent to take care of the business side for him so we can lock into the basketball part of it. Jimmy has done a good job with that. I want him to continue on that path.” ESPN.com

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Nick Friedell: Thibs says Butler is out tonight. He will have an MRI tomorrow. Hinrich will start for Butler. Twitter @NickFriedell

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Perhaps that edge might come from Butler, a junior college product who eventually wound up in the NBA by way of blue-collar Marquette. “I’m from Tomball [Texas]. I’m not even supposed to be in the NBA, let alone be a star player. I just want to be wanted, I just want to play hard,” he said after his third-straight game of at least 18 points on at least 60 percent shooting. “A star player, a role player, a bench player, whatever it takes." When asked about his humility, he said, "I have to be because I’m from Tomball, and nobody with a mic in front of my face can tell me where that is.” CSN Chicago

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“I thought his defense was terrific and he did a lot of things that were good, but I never thought he found a rhythm,” said Thibodeau of Butler, who earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors last season. “That’s why it’s so important to practice and play and get yourself ready for the season. “The one thing about this year, he came back a lot lighter and in much better shape,” added Thibodeau of Butler. “He’s played very well in training camp.” NBA.com

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There are some intriguing players who will sign extensions or become free agents next summer, such as Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, Faried, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Miami’s Norris Cole, and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The Celtics don’t have to worry about such four-year contract issues. That was the year they acquired JaJuan Johnson on draft night for MarShon Brooks. Johnson never stuck in the NBA and is now playing for Besiktas in the Turkish League. Brooks, meanwhile, has signed with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League. Boston Globe

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The swingman made that clear after Tuesday's first practice as the Bulls' front office and Butler's agent, Happy Walters, continue to try to hammer out an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline. "I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation". ESPN.com

Butler is hoping the process doesn't take too long, but he is going to take everything in stride. "I don't really think about it too much," Butler said. "I grew up without money. I think I'll be all right for a couple more days. I just play basketball. That's what I know. And if you play basketball the right way, the contract situation will handle itself." ESPN.com

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