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21 Jimmy Butler SG
Height/Weight: 6-7/220 | Birthdate: 9/14/1989 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Team: Chicago Bulls | College: Marquette | NBA Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/67 | Average Draft Position: 94.70
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Bulls officially sign SG Jimmy Butler


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) The Bulls announced Thursday they have officially signed guard Jimmy Butler to a new contract, one that is reportedly worth $95 million over five years. 

During a press conference to announce the contract, Butler expressed his gratitude for the deal, saying, "Chicago is where I wanted to be. I love playing here. I love the city."

Butler appeared in 65 games (all starts) for Chicago and averaged a team-high 20.0 ppg (15th in the NBA), 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.75 spg in a league-high 38.7 mpg. He was named the NBA's Most Improved Player. 


Report: Bulls G Jimmy Butler all but set with max deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Guard Jimmy Butler is on the verge of re-signing with the Bulls on a five-year max deal totaling $95 million with a player option after four years, league sources have told Yahoo Sports.

Butler was not expected to go elsewhere after enjoying a breakout year in Chicago.


Report: Bulls G Jimmy Butler leaning toward taking five-year deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler could be sticking around for a while. He is leaning toward accepting the five-year, $90 million max contract offered by the team rather than a shorter one that would result in a quicker possibility of unrestricted free agency, per ESPN.

Butler proved to be one of the most surprising breakout players in the NBA last season. He averaged career-highs in points (20.0) and rebounds (5.8) in 39 minutes per game. He shot a respectable 46.2 percent from the floor.


Report: Bulls offer max qualifying offer to Jimmy Butler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) The Bulls have made a qualifying offer to free agent Jimmy Butler and also extended a max qualifying offer to Butler, per Basketball Insiders

The qualifying offer makes Butler a restricted free agent and allows the Bulls the right to match any offers Butler receives in free agency.

The max offer means that teams must offer Butler at least three years, instead of the two a mere qualifying offer would have required. 

Butler averaged 20 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. 


Report: Jimmy Butler wants to sign with Lakers


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) Free-agent guard Jimmy Butler is interested in leaving the Bulls and joining the Lakers, sources told the Daily News

Butler, who averaged 20.0 points and was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, is looking to sign a one-year deal before signing another contract once the league's new TV deal kicks in. 

However, the report notes that the Bulls are likely to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent. 


Report: Bulls G Jimmy Butler wants short-term offers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler prefers to pursue shorter-term offer sheets during free agency in the summer, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Butler is a restricted free agent this summer. The Bulls can offer him a maximum extension of five years. In 65 games, Butler averaged 20.0 points and 5.8 rebounds.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler scores 20 in Game 6 blowout loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 20 points on 8 of 22 shooting, including 2 of 6 shooting from 3-point range, in his team's 94-73 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.

The two teams combined for 64 points in the first quarter, with the Cavaliers holding a 33-31 lead, before the offensive attack of the Bulls came to a screeching halt. They managed to score 13 points in each of the second and fourth quarters while going cold for most of the third before managing to finish that period with 16 points.

Butler added five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 44 minutes on a night where Derrick Rose managed 14 points and none of his other teammates scored more than eight. The Bulls enter the offseason with questions surrounding where coach Tom Thibodeau will be next season.


Bulls G Jimmy Butler scores 29 in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 29 points in Tuesday night's 106-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5. 

Butler went 9 for 18 from the field and made all eight of his free-throw attempts. He made 3 of 8 of his three-point shots. Butler almost posted a double-double as he had nine rebounds and three assists. 

This was the third-highest points total Butler has posted this postseason. 


Report: Bulls F Jimmy Butler to be named Most Improved Player


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Bulls forward Jimmy Butler will be named the NBA's Most Improved Player this week, sources told ESPN.

Butler averaged 13.1 points last season, but he raised his scoring average to 20.0 during the 2014-15 season. He also set career highs in assists, rebounds and steals. His shooting average also improved from 39.7 percent last season to 46.2 percent this season.

Butler, 25, is set to become a free agent in the offseason.


Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scores 33 points in losing effort Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored postseason career-high 33 points on 12 of 17 shooting from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, in Chicago's 92-90 loss to the Bucks Saturday in Game 4.

Butler was on fire early on, scoring 23 points in the first half. He added seven rebounds and three steals to his totals. The Bulls will look to close out the Bucks in Game 5 Monday in Chicago.


Bulls G Jimmy Butler has big fourth quarter in win over Bucks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 31 points in Monday's 91-82 win over the Bucks in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. 

Butler scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, which included sinking three three-point field goals. The first three-pointer tied the game up at 74-74 and Butler took over from there. His third three of the quarter put the Bulls up 89-80 with 2:20 left in the game. 

Butler also had nine rebounds and two assists. He went 10 of 19 from the field and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line. He finished 3 of 9 from behind the arc. 


Bulls' Butler set to return Saturday, Rose to see minutes increase


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that shooting guard Jimmy Butler will play Saturday against the 76ers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Butler missed Thursday's game while dealing with a left calf injury, but he was able to limit his absence to one game.

Thibodeau also indicated that point guard Derrick Rose is set to receive an increase in playing time Saturday. Rose should play about 25 minutes Saturday after being limited to 19 and 20 minutes, respectively, in his first two games back.


Bulls G Jimmy Butler will not play against Heat


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) The Bulls ruled guard Jimmy Butler out of Thursday night's game against the Heat, according to the team's website. 

Butler has a left calf injury, which is why he has the night off. He scored a team-high 19 points during Wednesday night's loss to the Magic. 


Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scores team-high 19 in loss to Magic


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler notched a team-high 19 points in Wednesday night's loss to the Magic. 

Butler scored his 19 on 6-of-10 shooting while going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. He made all four of his free-throw attempts. Butler totaled six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes of playing time. 

This is the 13th game in a row that Butler has appeared in that he's scored in double figures. 


Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 25 points on 8 of 18 shooting from the field, including 1 of 4 from 3-point range, in Chicago's 95-91 loss to the Bucks Wednesday.

Butler added seven rebounds and two assists to his totals in the contest. It was Butler's second game in his last four games scoring over 20 points, where he is averaging 21.3 points per game.


G Jimmy Butler's 21 points lift Bulls over Raptors


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler poured in 23 points and grabbed five rebounds Wednesday to push the Bulls past the Raptors, 116-103.

After missing 11 games with an elbow injury, Butler scored 19 points in a win on Monday before leading both teams in points in tonight's victory.

''The more he plays, that rhythm will come back,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game, per the Associated Press. ''He's put a lot of extra work in the last couple of days. Obviously we need him on both sides of the ball.''


Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scores 19 points in return to action


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on 6 of 20 shooting from the field in his first action on the floor in 11 games. Butler also pulled down nine rebounds and added one assist in the contest.

"It was great to have him back. Great," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He had a bunch of bunnies that he always makes, so his timing was not quite there but I thought as the game went on, he started to get into a rhythm."

Butler missed 11 games with a sprained left elbow.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler (elbow), Taj Gibson (ankle) expected to start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and forward Taj Gibson are listed as starters for Monday's game against the Hornets, according to the Chicago Tribune

Butler has an elbow injury and Gibson has an ankle ailment. Gibson missed nine conseutive games but was able to play this past Friday and Saturday. Butler has been out the past eight games. 


Bulls G Jimmy Butler likely to play Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/23/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who has missed 10 games with a sprained elbow, participated in the team's shootaround Monday and is likely to play against the Hornets, per ESPN.com.

Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 55 games this season. Coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice that it "looks like he could be a go."

The Bulls are 5.5-point favorites against the Hornets. 


Bulls guard Jimmy Butler expected to return next week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is expected to be back on the court next week, coach Tom Thibodeau said before Saturday's game per the Chicago Tribune

Butler, who is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 55 games, is dealing with an elbow injury that has caused him to miss Chicago's last nine contests.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler (elbow) out, Taj Gibson (ankle) probable Saturday


(3/21/2015) The Bulls have announced that guard Jimmy Butler (elbow) will sit out Saturday's game in Detroit while forward Taj Gibson (ankle) is listed as probable, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Butler will miss his 10th consecutive game with a sprained elbow.

Gibson had been out since Feb. 27 with an ankle issue but returned Friday to play 11 minutes in the Bulls' win.

The Bulls are 3-point favorites in Detroit.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says G Jimmy Butler close for Saturday


(3/20/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said guard Jimmy Butler, who's out for Friday with an injured elbow, is close to returning for Saturday's game, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Friday will be the ninth straight game Butler misses due to the injury but the team's leading scorer has been practicing the last few days.

The Bulls are 2-point favorites against the Raptors.

Bulls G Jimmy Butler (elbow) out for Friday


(3/19/2015) The Bulls have listed guard Jimmy Butler as out for Friday, according to ESPN Chicago.

Butler practiced on Thursday and was thought to be close to returning.

The Bulls leading scorer this season with 20.2 points per game, Butler has missed the last eight games with a sprained elbow.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson getting closer to return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) For the second time this week, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and forward Taj Gibson were able to participate in practice Thursday and are getting closer to their return, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Butler has missed the last two weeks with a sprained elbow, while an ankle issue has kept Gibson out since Feb. 27. Their playing status for Friday's game against the Raptors has not been determined, but Gibson is hopeful he'll be able Friday, which will be based on how he feels after Friday's shootaround, reports ESPNChicago.com.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson able to practice Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and forward Taj Gibson were able to participate in Tuesday's entire practice, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Butler has missed the last two weeks with a sprained elbow. Butler said his elbow is feeling better and he hopes to play by the end of the week. Meanwhile, an ankle issue has kept Gibson out since Feb. 27. Both players have been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Pacers.