Chicago Bulls Rumors
Is it true that you took significantly less money to be on Team Jordan? What led to that decision? Jimmy Butler: I’ve always been a fan of Mike and his game. What he did for the game of basketball as a whole, and what he did off the court for it too, whether it was with Hanes or his shoe brand. But I’ve always been a fan of the tennis shoe. So when I got an opportunity to switch from Adidas to Jordan, I just thought it was the right choice, because I’ve never had problems with my feet. I’m not bashing Adidas at all, but I got turf toe one year and rolled my ankles a few times. That’s never happened, whenever I was at Marquette with Jordan or before that, with Nike. So I thought maybe I should go back to that shoe. And then Jordan picked me up.
Did any of your Adidas-wearing teammates [like Derrick Rose] try to convince you to stay on Adidas? Jimmy Butler: No. No. You can’t convince me, once my mind’s made up. They already knew. I was probably telling them halfway through the season, whenever it is, “When this year’s over, y’all can count on not seeing me in Adidas. I’m gonna be straight Jordan-ed out.” Now I’m never wanting to leave Brand Jordan.
According to veteran Mike Dunleavy, the two have had several conversations concerning next season, and Butler has made it clear to Dunleavy that he wanted to stay a Bull. “I really think that Jimmy will be back,’’ Dunleavy said. “I’m really optimistic that he and I will both be back. I’ve talked to him a little over the course of this summer. Obviously, nothing is set in stone and he’s got to go through the process, but I would be surprised if Jimmy’s in another uniform next year besides the Bulls.’’
Alex Kennedy: Dallas, New York, Chicago, Cleveland and, of course, Houston are among the teams interested in Patrick Beverley (@Patrick Beverley), per sources. Patrick Beverley is a restricted free agent, so the Rockets can match any offer sheet he receives. But those are the teams showing interest.: 1 more rumor
Marc Stein: But all the latest signals continue to stress that both Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy are HIGHLY likely to be back with the Bulls
Marc Stein: Free agent I’m hearing that LeBron James would love the Cavs to sign: Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy
The Chicago Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a maximum five-year, $90 million contract Monday, leading the restricted free agent to postpone meetings with several others teams as he decides how many years to re-sign with the Bulls for, sources said. Butler could do a four-year deal with a player option after three years to capitalize on new salary-cap money. The Bulls also offered him a one-year qualifying offer of $4.5 million, sources said.