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November 1, 2014 Updates

Jimmy Butler’s agent told the Tribune before the Bulls game with the Cavaliers that Butler rejected a final offer and that stance didn’t change. Sources said the Bulls offered a multi-year deal averaging $11 million during lengthy, cordial conversations. Butler will be a restricted free agent next summer, meaning the Bulls can match any offer he receives. Unlike when Omer Asik entered restricted free agency, the Bulls own Butler’s full “Bird” rights so offers can’t be as back-loaded prohibitively as Asik’s poison pill deal with the Rockets. “This is where I want to be,” Butler said. “I love my teammates, the fan base, the organization, everybody. I think I still will end up in this city. Chicago Tribune

“Jimmy loves Chicago and hopefully is there long-term. But his future is in his hands, not the Bulls’,” said Happy Walters, Butler’s agent. “He’s ready to prove wrong the questions they have about his shooting.” General manager Gar Forman said the Bulls are confident they eventually will reach a deal because they control the process. “Jimmy knows how we feel about him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s a pro. Everyone loves Jimmy.” Chicago Tribune

Chandler is so high on Aminu that he compares him favorably to former Chicago Bulls superstar Scottie Pippen. “The first day I saw him I told him he should go back and watch Scottie Pippen, watch the tapes on him because that athletic, long built of being able to really hound guys with long arms and strength, I feel like he has that,” Chandler said. “And he has the motor to stay after it as well.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Derrick Rose, who injured his left ankle in the second quarter after a stellar start to his night, eventually was pulled in the third when he felt as if the injury limited him. “Right now, I’m feeling good,’’ Rose said after the loss dropped the Bulls to 1-1. “My ankle is throbbing a little bit, but [I’m] just playing basketball. “Go to Minnesota, try and give it a go [Saturday]. If not, we still have [79 games]. I guess it’s part of the process. I guess the gods are testing me. It’s fine. I’ll get through it.’’ Rose said X-rays were negative. Chicago Sun-Times

As you can imagine, the last thing anyone wants to see is Rose getting hurt again. Late in the second quarter of the Bulls’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Derrick Rose landed funny, rolled his ankle, and pulled up hobbling. You could actually hear everyone saying “Nooooooooo.” For The Win

October 31, 2014 Updates

“We still want a deal,” Butler insisted. “I still want to be here. I still want to have nothing to worry about. So we have until 11:59 to figure it out. I’m not a personal guy. I don’t take everything to heart. I understand it’s a business. I just have to be a great basketball player. I think this team is really good, championship caliber. I am a part of this team; I am going to produce. I’m going to guard. I will take care of myself. I think there’s not too much I can do right now. I’m done talking about it.” Bulls.com

"The talks were very productive. I think Jimmy understands how much we value him and appreciate him. Jimmy relayed to us how badly he wants to be here long term. Both parties have agreed at this time to table the discussions and we’ll review them in July", Forman said. "But it doesn’t change where we are today and how both parties feel about each other. We put what we felt was an extremely fair and respectable offer on the table under the rules as an extension.” Bulls.com

Steve Kyler: Bulls started at $9 million per year - worked up to just over $11m today -- $12-$12.5 mil would likely get it done if structured right. Butler's camp feels pretty strong that Jimmy won't get less in free agency than the $10-$11 million per the Bulls are offering. Jimmy has a chance this season to play himself into better offer or into a deal that more favorable to his future. Bull still have time to revisit their offer, but it seems like Butler will play out the season... tick-tock. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

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