There has been a lot of speculation as to what Jimmy Butler would do come free agency this summer. Will he re-sign with the Bulls or move on to a new team? Will he accept a max contract or is he looking for something for the short term? Many of these speculations have just been put to rest in the wake of the Bulls offering Jimmy Butler a max contract of $90 million over 5 years. The Bulls also offered Butler a 3 year deal worth close to $50 million and a 1 year deal worth just $4.5 million. He could also decide to accept a 4 year deal with a player option after the 3rd year, so that he can cash in after the new T.V. deal is signed. As a result, Butler has cancelled his meetings with the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Mavericks as he considers the offers. Butler has 4 options to choose from with the Bulls, and all lead to him returning to Chicago. All that is left is for Butler to decide how long he wants to stay. So you can relax Bulls fans, Jimmy Butler will be back in red next season.
While the Bulls’ immediate needs were not met at last nights draft, the selection of Bobby Portis was a smart one in the long run. The aging big men on the Bulls surely won’t be putting up the same amount of numbers or minutes as time goes on, meaning that mixing in some youth down low is an absolute necessity.
The Chicago Bulls have the 22nd pick tomorrow night in the NBA Draft. We know that Towns, Okafor and Russell are likely to go top 3, but who should the Bulls target at 22? Various mock drafts and experts have the Bulls either selecting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson or Delon Wright. Personally I think the Bulls should try to make a move with Joakim Noah in order to possibly move up and get a higher draft pick (Top 10), but with such a deep and talented draft staying put at 22 seems like the best move.
This is a question that many, if not all, Bulls fans are asking as free agency approaches. Butler already turned down the contract extension from the Bulls during the 2014-2015 season. His agents have made it clear that Butler is looking for a short term deal right now in order to capitalize on the new salary a few years down the road. This is a smart move by Butler, as his max deal this offseason would be a 5 year, $90 million dollar deal and his max deal after the new salary cap is put into place will be a 5 year, $190 million dollar deal. The hope for Bulls fans is that Butler signs a short term deal with the Bulls this offseason and then signs a long term deal with the team under the new salary cap. However, the rumor around the NBA is that Jimmy Butler is interested in playing for the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The Lakers plan to offer Butler a short term max deal, and the Bulls will surely match that offer. It is most likely that Butler stays in Chicago this summer, but it will be interesting to see what he ultimately decides to do.
Taj Gibson underwent arthroscopic left ankle surgery this week and is expected to miss about four months, assuming the rehab process goes accordingly.
Taj missed 20 games last season, and 17 of them were due to left ankle complications. Gibson’s agent said “the surgery went very well and after the rehab is over, it should feel like he has a new ankle.”
In the wake of Tom Thibodeau’s firing from the Bulls, a new head coach has already been signed to a 5 year contract. The new Head Coach is none other than Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg. At Iowa State, Hoiberg ran an up-tempo, fast paced offense that ranked 13th in the nation in points per game. To make things even better, Hoiberg’s offensive philosophy is a perfect fit for this Bulls roster.