HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

September 30, 2014 Updates

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

September 29, 2014 Updates
September 28, 2014 Updates

Butler and his representatives undoubtedly saw the big-money deals wings like Gordon Hayward signed as a restricted free agent this offseason. The Bulls would prefer not to let Butler reach restricted status, which allows the Bulls to match any offers he might receive next summer. Deadlines always expedite negotiations. Stay tuned on this and what promises to be an engaging Bulls season. Chicago Tribune

July 27, 2014 Updates
July 22, 2014 Updates

Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal. Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as a contender. ESPN.com

July 17, 2014 Updates

Jimmy Butler’s Taylor Swift sing along in the Bulls locker room earlier this year makes a little more sense now. The Bulls guard was on hand Friday for the country music festival, Windy City Smokeout, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. Ex-Bear Greg Olsen – now with the Carolina Panthers —was also there, separately. On Saturday, Butler checked out the National Women’s Soccer League game between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC and then tweeted a photo of himself out to dinner with Reign star Sydney Leroux. Chicago Tribune

June 18, 2014 Updates
June 8, 2014 Updates

Chicago, said to be Love’s other preferred destination, has the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft in addition to burgeoning talents Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Gibson, who will turn 29 this month, is deceptively old. It’s unclear whether the Bulls would throw the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, onto the table. Boston Herald

June 5, 2014 Updates
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May 18, 2014 Updates

Jimmy Butler didn’t end the season in a happy place. The Bulls two-guard was downright disappointed with the way he was used in a five-game first-round playoff exit against the Washington Wizards. According to one teammate, Butler was unhappy enough that he actually met with coach Tom Thibodeau after Game  2 and voiced his complaints. Chicago Sun-Times

It wasn’t about the 43.6 minutes per game he saw in the series but that he felt like he was being phased out of the offense, especially when the two-point-guard attack of Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin was on the floor. Butler wants to be the defensive stopper that plays heavy minutes, which means his scoring is bound to suffer somewhat because of the physical style he plays defensively. That’s why it will be a huge offseason for him — he has to improve on a season in which he shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range. In the three games after his talk with Thibodeau, Butler averaged 15.7 points, almost three points higher than his regular-season average. Chicago Sun-Times

April 26, 2014 Updates
April 25, 2014 Updates

Nene and Jimmy Butler got into a heated scuffle during the fourth quarter of Game 3 at the Verizon Center Friday night after the Wizards forward elbowed Butler while running back on defense following a made basket. Nene initiated a head-butt with Butler and the Wizards forward grabbed the back of Butler’s neck before the two were separated by teammates and officials. Nene was ejected from the game and Butler received a technical for his part in the altercation. beyondthebuzzer.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

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