HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors
Joe Cowley: According to a source, Bulls and Butler's camp still have open dialogue, but still have a gap in perceived value. Clock is ticking, boys. Twitter @suntimes_hoops
The Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler have made progress, but the sense is that Butler may roll the dice on himself. The Bulls could up their offer and get it done at the deadline, but it seems Butler will take the risk. Basketball Insiders
Joe Cowley: Thibs' 2-4 weeks on Butler now seems a bit overdone. Sounds like Thibs throwing worst-case out there ... because that's what The Thibs does. Twitter @suntimes_hoops
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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