HoopsHype Jimmy Butler rumors

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

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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

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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

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“Derrick’s voice (also) means so much to this team,” said Noah of another of his teammates who now knows misfortune and about being dismissed. “I see him talk to Jimmy Butler during a game, to Tony Snell. He talks to me all the time. It gives us confidence. He has that much impact on this tam. His words go a long way. He’s our star player and a good dude. That’s why it’s so hard to see him go down again. But he’s a warrior. He never lets up. The way he’s working now you know our time will come.” Bulls.com

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December 30, 2013 Updates

Despite aggravating the right turf toe that previously sidelined him for 11 games on Saturday, Jimmy Butler said he's playing Monday night for the Bulls against the Memphis Grizzlies. "I feel good," Butler said. Chicago Tribune

December 23, 2013 Updates

Butler sat one game with a sprained right ankle, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he took contact throughout the practice and moved well. Luol Deng didn't practice. He said last week he hoped to return on Christmas or the next game from missing the last two games with a sore left Achilles. The Bulls next play Saturday at home against the Mavericks. Chicago Tribune

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Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler will miss Tuesday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls even more shorthanded again. Deng will miss his second straight game with a sore left Achilles. Butler is out for the 10th straight time because of turf toe. Chicago Tribune

December 3, 2013 Updates

Don't expect to see Butler yet: Jimmy Butler has been out for two weeks now because of turf toe, and Thibodeau doesn't sound optimistic about his return in the next couple of days. He said Butler still hasn't practiced and is just able to take some shots. With the recent solid play of rookie Tony Snell, Thibodeau is going to have a decision to make whenever Butler is ready on whether to put him back into the starting lineup. "I'm just concerned Jimmy's been out a long time," Thibodeau said. "So when you miss a lot of time, it's hard to come back." ESPN.com

November 29, 2013 Updates

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