Ignore the Rumors, Jimmy Butler Shouldn’t Be Going Anywhere

May 21st, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

Last July, when Jimmy Butler sat with Chicago Bulls brass in the event room at the United Center to announce a five-year, $92.3 million extension, nobody imagined we’d be here, with rumblings of a trade even a possibility.

After a breakout 2014-15 season where Butler won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award and established himself as the team’s best player at both ends of the floor, the notion that his long-term future in Chicago was even a discussion was ludicrous.

Yet, here we are.

The follow-up season couldn’t have gone much worse for the Bulls or Butler—the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and Butler missed a month with a knee injury while becoming a local lightning rod for his December comments that Fred Hoiberg needed to coach the team harder.

It all culminated in Bulls general manager Gar Forman declaring at a season-ending press conference that nothing was off the table, when asked specifically about the team’s commitment to Butler as the face of the franchise.

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