Jimmy Butler RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jimmy Butler Seems Annoyed With Extended Minutes Under Tom Thibodeau

    The Big Lead "Jimmy Butler led the NBA in minutes in Tom Thibodeau’s final two seasons in Chicago with 38.7 minutes per game. After Thibodeau was fired Butler’s minutes dropped under Fred Hoiberg, but he remained in the top-5. Now he’s back with Thibs in Minnesota and well… Butler had a pretty easy November,..." December 07

  • Butler rips Wolves' defense: 'It starts with me'

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Timberwolves wing Jimmy Butler was not happy after his team’s 109-97 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night, saying that the club needs to start playing some actual defense. “I would think time and time after going through the film, you watching yourself constantly getting your (butt)..." November 25

  • Jimmy Butler sounds off on Wolves' defense following loss to Suns

    ESPN "Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler spoke some hard truths about the present and potential future of his team after a disappointing 118-110 loss to the Suns on Saturday night. "Offense will never be the problem all year long," Butler said. "All you're always going to hear about from..." November 12

  • Wolves' Butler vows to start scoring more 'right now'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Out in the Sonoran desert to play Phoenix on Saturday night, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler didn't go so far after practice Friday to declare there's a new sheriff in town. But he did promise he'll be a different player starting Saturday than the one who sought to involve his new teammates..." November 10

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Sporting News "Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has Feb. 9, 2018 circled on his calendar. That's the night he returns to Chicago to face his old team, the Bulls. Butler played his first six seasons in the Windy City, emerging as one of the NBA's brightest young stars over the past couple of years before he was..." November 08

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "Jimmy Butler took a canoe trip for an ESPN segment called “Hang Time,” and the former Bulls guard made some waves. Asked by host Sam Alipour why the Bulls would have made him available, he replied: “I probably went about a lot of things the wrong way. People don’t work as hard as I do and they..." November 07

  • Jimmy Butler to play against Thunder

    Fanrag Sports "All good vibes gleaned from the Minnesota Timberwolves’ buzzer-beating win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday vanished almost as quickly as they appeared. Head coach Tom Thibodeau’s team has lost two straight games to middling Eastern Conference foes by at least 20 points, losses that..." October 27

  • Jimmy Butler ruled out for 2nd straight night with illness

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves will have to make do without Jimmy Butler for a second straight night. The star forward, after being ruled out Tuesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, will also miss Wednesday’s contest against the Detroit Pistons due to an upper respiratory infection. Butler..." October 25

  • Butler recounts history with Thibodeau: 'We couldn't stand each other'

    SI "The self-titled Garbage Guy from small-town Texas who grew up on Spam and syrup sandwiches, who waited tables at Denny’s and mowed lawns in basketball shoes, who played one game of AAU (“travel ball,” he called it) and never left the bench, who received a single scholarship offer out of high..." October 11

  • Andrew Wiggins: ‘Me and Jimmy Butler are Going to Be a Problem’

    SLAM Online "Andrew Wiggins says his newly-formed partnership with Jimmy Butler is “going to be a problem” for Timberwolves opponents. Wiggins isn’t the only player in Minnesota with high hopes for the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old fired his agent and is patiently negotiating a five-year, $148..." September 25

  • Jimmy Butler says he feeds off confrontation unlike his former coach, Fred Hoiberg

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler was traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves in one of the real stunning moves of the summer. Butler is a bona fide star and not a player that most franchises would give up on. But his personality was always an awkward fit in Chicago. One of those clashes was with Bulls coach Fred..." September 06

  • Jimmy Butler says ‘so-called dislike’ for Dwyane Wade is ‘crazy’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler offered a message to some of his former young Bulls teammates that may have this “so-called dislike’’ for Dwyane Wade. “Hell, probably some of them can’t stand or don’t like me,’’ Butler told the Sun-Times in a phone interview Thursday. “That’s fine. I’m still waking up fortunate..." August 24

  • Report: Cavs were close to getting Jimmy Butler before David Griffin left

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly on the verge of adding another star player to the mix this offseason before they parted ways with their former general manager. In a story outlining the reasons why LeBron James is frustrated with the way things have gone in Cleveland this offseason, Jeff..." July 18

  • Jimmy Butler confirms that he thought he would stay with the Bulls

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler’s uniform has changed, but his exit story from the Bulls last month continued to stay the same. Appearing on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,’’ Butler confirmed a Sun-Times story that when he left a June meeting with general manager Gar Forman and VP of basketball operations John Paxson,..." July 18

  • Pippen: Jimmy Butler wasn't a good leader with Bulls

    SLAM Online "Adding to the claims that Jimmy Butler was “a bad locker room guy,” Scottie Pippen said that Butler had leadership issues in Chicago. While guesting on ESPN’s The Jump, Pippen claimed that Butler disrespected Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and an assistant coach, which ultimately turned the..." June 30

  • Report: Jimmy Butler Recruiting Kyle Lowry to Minnesota

    SLAM Online "During Jimmy Butler‘s introductory press conference with the Timberwolves, Butler said that he would be recruiting “a lot of really good players, much better than myself” to join him in Minnesota. Butler was already “in the ear” of Kyle Lowry about joining him in Chicago, and—according to..." June 29

  • Jimmy Butler Learned He Got Traded While Playing Spades With Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony

    Uproxx "Mentioned in trade rumors for the last couple of years, Jimmy Butler was finally traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the start of the 2017 NBA Draft. The move allowed Butler to reunite with his former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and Minnesota now adds a bonafide All-Star to..." June 29

  • Antoine Walker Says Jimmy Butler is a ‘Bad Locker Room Guy’

    SLAM Online "Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker says that Jimmy Butler created a divided locker room in Chicago last season. In a recent ESPN interview, Walker claims that Butler did a poor job of leading the Bulls off the court, resulting in his draft day trade to the T-Wolves. “He’s just a bad locker..." June 26

  • What exactly was on the table for Bulls in Jimmy Butler trade?

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s been the cry since the Bulls’ front office traded Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine (coming off an ACL surgery), Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen): Why didn’t the Bulls get more? I’m in the camp they didn’t get enough, starting with the question why did they give Minnesota the..." June 26

  • NBA Rumors: Bulls Were ‘Uncomfortable’ With Idea Of Jimmy Butler As Franchise Player

    NESN "Jimmy Butler is one of the best two-way players in the NBA, but the Chicago Bulls apparently weren’t crazy about having him as the cornerstone of their franchise. After six strong seasons in Chicago, the Bulls agreed to trade Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kris Dunn, Zach..." June 25

  • Jimmy Butler Pens Letter to Chicago After Being Traded: ‘I Love You’

    Complex "It’s been nearly 24 hours, but it’s still hard to believe—Jimmy Butler has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves, reuniting with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. The trade went down during the early picks of Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Many said the Bulls didn’t get enough in return for Butler,..." June 24

  • Jimmy Butler: ‘I just don’t like the way some things were handled’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler admittedly wanted to be the face of the Chicago Bulls. It meant something to him. It stood for something. Now? “It doesn’t mean a damn thing,’’ the three-time All-Star told the Sun-Times in a phone interview from Paris on Friday. “I guess being called the face of an..." June 23

  • Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

    Real GM Basketball "The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal. Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic." June 23

  • Report: Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bulls not getting enough in return from the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Jimmy Butler trade, but that may have something to do with teams knowing Butler’s relationship with his coach had soured. In a lengthy feature about how the Butler trade..." June 23

  • The Celtics Are Still Trying To Convince Everyone It Would Cost Them Too Much To Trade For Jimmy Butler

    Uproxx "The Boston Celtics didn’t trade for Jimmy Butler because it reportedly would have cost them a top pick in the NBA Draft. So Butler went to Minnesota in a draft night swap that surprised many in the NBA world. But the actual deal Chicago got in trading Butler away wasn’t all that pricey compared..." June 23

  • Butler's trainer calls Bulls GM Forman a 'liar' after trade

    CBSChicago.com "The first inkling of how Jimmy Butler and his camp may have felt about him being traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal Thursday night during the NBA Draft came from his trainer, Travelle Gaines. Butler is on vacation in Paris currently. With a location stamp of Paris,..." June 23

  • Jimmy Butler learned about Wolves trade in middle of the night in Paris

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler hears the rumors -- he knew there was a chance he would be traded on the day of the NBA Draft, just like the rest of us. But that didn't stop him from heading to Paris with some other NBA players. Butler, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Dwyane Wade appeared to be having a..." June 23

  • Report: Celtics refused to part with high draft picks in Jimmy Butler trade talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Many Boston Celtics fans were left wondering why the team wasn’t more involved in the process that ultimately saw the Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, and the answer is pretty simple: Danny Ainge loves his draft picks. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, trade talks between the..." June 22

  • Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Timberwolves

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves have acquired Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, with K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune tweeting that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle on a Butler deal. According to Johnson (via Twitter), the Bulls will receive Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 overall pick...." June 22

  • Nuggets inquiring about Jimmy Butler; Jokic off the table

    CBS Sports "The trade inquiries about Bulls forward Jimmy Butler just keep on coming, and the latest potential suitor is reportedly the Denver Nuggets. From ESPN's Jeff Goodman: Denver has spoken to the Bulls about Jimmy Butler, source told ESPN. Would include multiple young players, not Nikola Jokic,..." June 22

  • Celtics Not Currently Engaged In Jimmy Butler Talks

    Hoops Rumors "Trade discussions involving Jimmy Butler continue to take place, but those talks don’t include the Celtics, and haven’t “for a while,” according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald (Twitter link). Bulpett’s report doesn’t necessarily mean that the Celtics are out of the Butler sweepstakes..." June 22

  • Cavs no longer pursuing Paul George or Jimmy Butler

    Cavs Nation "As most basketball fans know, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been engaged in trade talks with Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George over the last few days. However, a bit of new information has emerged with regards to the matter. According to ESPN’s Brian..." June 22

  • Rival execs believe Timberwolves are offering No. 7 pick for Jimmy Butler

    CBS Sports "The Timberwolves have long had interest in reuniting Jimmy Butler with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Last year rumors flew that the Wolves and Bulls were discussing a Butler swap. On Thursday, the Wolves once again were linked to Butler. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Minnesota is considering..." June 22

  • ‘Zero truth’ to idea Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away

    Sportsnaut "Things seem to be completely up in the air in Cleveland less than two weeks after the Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. The week started with Cleveland moving on from general manager David Griffin. It continued with reports that the team is interested in Jimmy..." June 21

  • Content with Bulls, Jimmy Butler wants Kyle Lowry to join him in Chicago

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler has been surrounded with NBA trade rumors for years, but early in the offseason they've really picked up and it's the first time it's felt like he could actually be dealt. The Bulls want to use Butler to get assets for the future and that's left the two sides at an..." June 21

  • Cavs players now telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from sudden chaos

    Chicago Sun-Times "No stranger to organizational dysfunction, Jimmy Butler was warned Tuesday night to stay away from the Cavaliers. According to a Cleveland source close to the situation, several of the Cavaliers who had been prodding Butler to push for a trade from the Bulls the last five days were now warning..." June 21

  • David Griffin left behind proposals for Cavaliers to trade for Jimmy Butler, Paul George

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin left for his successors potential trades to bring either Chicago's Jimmy Butler or Indiana's Paul George to the team, sources told cleveland.com, and one or more deals Griffin constructed could happen without him. In either case, a third team would..." June 21

  • NBA Exec on Jimmy Butler: ‘It’s Either Boston or Cleveland But He’s Going’

    SLAM Online "Whether the Celtics can find the right package with the No. 3 pick or Cavs can pull off a multi-team deal, it’s looking more likely that Jimmy Butler will be in a new uniform next season. According to CSN Chicago, the Bulls are “actively shopping” Butler in order to start their rebuild, with..." June 21

  • The Celtics Reportedly Turned Down An Offer Of Jimmy Butler For The No. 3 Pick

    Uproxx "The prevailing thought around the NBA after the Celtics shipped the No. 1 pick off to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder was that more moves were coming soon out of Boston. Danny Ainge has done a magnificent job of racking up valuable assets while still managing to build a..." June 21

  • Cavs players now telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from sudden chaos

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler is no stranger to organizational dysfunction, but even the three-time All-Star was warned Tuesday evening to now stay away from the chaos that is the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to a Cleveland source close to the situation, several of the same Cavs players that had been courting..." June 21

  • Butler Could Be Traded 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

    CSN Chicago "It's becoming clearer by the minute that the smoke surrounding Jimmy Butler is looking more like truth and not just conjecture as the NBA Draft approaches. The Bulls routinely say they'll take phone calls from teams about Butler's availability around this time and at the trade deadline but this..." June 20

  • Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have reached out to Jimmy Butler directly and through back channels over the past five days to gauge his interest in joining them with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Butler could even push the Chicago Bulls' front office to trade him to the Cavaliers. Butler has told Gar..." June 20

  • The Cavs Are Reportedly Willing To Trade Kevin Love If It Lands Them Jimmy Butler

    Uproxx "The Cleveland Cavaliers seem like they may be looking into doing something drastic. After the NBA Finals made it fairly obvious that the team has to do some work to catch up to the Golden State Warriors, reports in the last few days have sparked speculation that Cleveland may be interested in..." June 20

  • Cavaliers, Celtics Suns, Timberwolves Reportedly Exploring Jimmy Butler Trade

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are either targeting or have interest in a potential Jimmy Butler trade as the offseason heats up. Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Cavaliers are working on potential multi-team trades, while Vincent Goodwill of CSN..." June 19

  • Celtics Eyeing First-Round Picks To Trade For Jimmy Butler?

    NESN "The madness started when reports surfaced stating the Celtics were in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about the No. 1 pick. Boston reportedly would acquire a package headlined by the No. 3 pick that Philadelphia owns — the Los Angeles Lakers own the No. 2 pick — and additional..." June 16

  • Mark Wahlberg, Who is BFF with Jimmy Butler, Wants the Celtics to Trade For the Bulls' Star

    The Big Lead "Allow me to preface this information with two notes: 1) I keep saying this is the summer of the Super Teams. They’re coming. Like LaVar Ball, maybe I can speak it into existence. 2) Danny Ainge is the Godfather of Super Teams, starting with trading for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007. Mark..." June 15

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