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November 25, 2014 Updates

Nick Friedell: Thibs says Noah is out knee/eye. Hinrich is in. Gibson still in Chicago and Thibs says he's still day to day. Rose and Gasol will play. Twitter @NickFriedell

Butler, 25, is earning $2 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract. Back in October, he declined a rookie-extension offer worth at least $40 million over four years. He delayed his eight-figure gratification even though he spent years in high school without a permanent home, making due on a day-to-day, hand-to-mouth, couch-to-couch basis. Butler admits that it was “hard” to pass on the extension and jokes that his first reaction, when presented with the offer's terms, was: “Bet! We’re good!” Upon further reflection, and advice from his agent Happy Walters, Butler decided to play out this season and test his earning potential next summer, when he will become a restricted free agent. Sports Illustrated

“The world knows I love Chicago. This is where I want to be,” Butler said. “I think this is where I’m going to be. After last year, everyone was like, ‘He’s not this. He’s not that.’ I knew better. I wanted to prove to myself that last year wasn’t me.” Sports Illustrated

Asked if he has heard the growing social media buzz that that he might receive a max-type contract offer next summer, a la Klay Thompson, Butler nods and accepts the idea as both a challenge and an opportunity. “Why not have a [max contract] be a goal? When I hear ‘max player’ I just think about being able to take my family to Bora Bora or something, going on a nice vacation. Because I don’t really pay attention to the money,” Butler said. “I just love the game of basketball. As long as I’m happy and it’s my job, I’m good. Money has never been too much of a thing for me. I grew up without it. I can manage with the amount of money I have now.” Sports Illustrated

November 24, 2014 Updates
November 23, 2014 Updates

As for Butler's mindset after not getting an extension deal done with the Bulls, he shook his head when asked if there's any lingering resentment. "Nah, nah," said Butler, who will be a restricted free agent next summer. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing. I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay." USA Today Sports

The Chicago Tribune reports from Bulls practice that forward Taj Gibson was sent home from practice after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend. But the good news is that Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, who have been out for over a week with injuries, did practice, which means they could return to action for the Bulls' Monday-Tuesday back-to-back against Utah, and Denver, or at least one of the games. CBSSports.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

With Portland up 61-43 at the 11:40-mark of the third, Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy leveled Blazers point guard with a hard foul on a three-point attempt. Wesley Matthews was quick to defend his teammate, shoving Dunleavy after the foul as the players had to be separated at midcourt. See the video below: Oregonian

Q: How would you describe the foul? Damian Lillard: "Cheap. It was cheap." Q: Safe to say you were angry about it? Lillard: "I've had worse things happen. But that was the last thing I was expecting on a wide-open three-point shot. It was a cheap play. I don't know what else to say about it." Oregonian

Hinrich is day-to-day and the Bulls do have two off days until they play the Jazz on Monday in Utah. X-rays were negative. "It hurts to take deep breaths," Hinrich said. "Any type of just movement in itself, it's hard to even posture up straight. I hope I get better soon." Chicago Tribune

Sam Smith: More Kirk on rib: "I never really thought it was broken. Just took a really good shot and having trouble with any type of movement really." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

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