This is nothing new — Jimmy Butler has said before he has no intention of trying to leave Chicago as a restricted free agent this summer. The Bulls are reportedly going to offer him a max contract.
But the dreams of other teams’ fans — and a few front offices — will not die easily. You can be sure some other teams will reach out and try to make a max offer to Butler (the Bulls just have the right to match). The question is will he sign any of those offers and put the Bulls on the clock? Maybe, if the franchise changes coaches, he would think about…
“This is a place for me. I love playing with the guys that we have,” he said. “They continue to bring in great, high character guys that fit the team role. I love it here. I’m happy to be here.”
One other theme you will hear about Butler is he bet on himself and won. He could have signed with the Bulls for four-years, $42 million last summer but rejected the offer thinking he could get more this season. He will, he’s going to get four years, more than $60 million.
But Butler has a good perspective on that bet.
“Do I feel like I won the bet? It’s a tie. I think we both won,” Butler said. “I did my job and what I was supposed to do, and I think they are happy with where I am right now.”
They are. They would not be up 2-1 on the Cavaliers heading into a key game Sunday without his Most Improved Play this year.
But nobody won like Butler.