HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

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

October 30, 2014 Updates

KC Johnson: Regarding Butler talks, any beat writer knows nothing gets done without a deadline. So this can change. But as of now, large gap remains. Twitter @KCJHoop

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