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Is Jimmy Butler worth $12 million a year?

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The Jimmy Butler contract situation is one full of questions with no clear-cut answers.The biggest one being: How much money is Jimmy Butler worth?ESPN's Marc Stein reported Thursday night that Butler is one of several players from the 2011 class unlikely to receive extensions by Friday's deadline. Butler's worth is the question is at the forefront of the minds of Bulls general...
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Gibson, new bench, debut with swagger

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- Taj Gibson tried to warn everyone.He tried to tell the masses that the Chicago Bulls' second unit beat the starters in practice everyday. He tried to explain to everybody before Wednesday night's destruction of the New York Knicks that the new Bench Mob was better than it had shown throughout much of the preseason. Gibson let more than his mouth do the talking against the hapless...
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Bulls 104, Knicks 80: Bench dominates

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- Taj Gibson and the new Bench Mob changed the pace of the Chicago Bulls' season-opening 104-80 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday. With the Bulls struggling to find a rhythm, Gibson and veteran guard Aaron Brooks checked in and found a way to get to the rim and get a consistent offense going. Pau Gasol made a nice first impression with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but...
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Rose not worried about doubters ... or Melo

ESPN NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose wants to prove all of his doubters wrong, but he's trying not to let all the doubts about his game get into his head. As Rose gets set to open a new season against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night (ESPN, 8 ET), the former MVP sounds excited about being back on the floor after playing in just 10 games over the past two seasons because of two serious knee injuries....
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Bulls can afford to be patient with Rose

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- Tom Thibodeau defends harder than his team does on most nights when it comes to certain topics. The most notable example of this over the past three years is in the way the veteran coach has generally protected Derrick Rose as the fragile superstar tries to make his way back from yet another knee injury. Thibodeau has always publicly stood behind the decisions Rose has made in...
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Butler (left thumb) questionable for opener

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler remains questionable for Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the New York Knicks because of sprained ligaments in his thumb. Butler did not practice on Tuesday, but he did continue taking jumpers with a taped up thumb. "I feel better," Butler said. "Go put some ice on it here now and see how it feels in the morning."Butler initially injured...
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Time worth watching early with Rose, Noah

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Bulls get set to open the 2014-15 season, there's an interesting philosophical debate going on behind the scenes in regards to the minutes of the Bulls' best players in Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has always believed that players who have been injured for longer stretches of time have to play in order to shake off the rust. Rose and Noah...
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Jimmy Butler remains day to day

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler's sprained left thumb is getting better, according to Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, but Thibodeau still isn't sure if his starting two guard will be able to open the season on Wednesday when the Bulls face off against the New York Knicks. "Jimmy's a little better," Thibodeau said after Monday's practice. "He just did a little more shooting so we'll see where...
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Bulls remain undecided on improving Butler

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – With the season opening game just three days away, Jimmy Butler’s status remains uncertain with sprained ligaments in his left thumb.Butler had the thumb wrapped heavily Sunday. He didn’t practice with the team, but he was taking jump shots after practice and seemed to be making progress toward being available for Wednesday’s game at New York against the...
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With opener near, defense not finished product

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – While Chicago Bulls players might be happy that the preseason schedule is complete, the coaching staff would not mind more opportunities to fine tune the squad.After a full collection of practice games when Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah were on minutes restrictions, and Jimmy Butler sat out the tail end with a thumb injury, the Bulls never did get to put together a finished...
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Thibodeau: Bulls have a lot of work to do after preseason finale

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- The bad outweighed the good for Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in his team’s final preseason tuneup on Friday.The good was represented by Bulls guard Derrick Rose playing a preseason-high 31 minutes, 37 seconds and again being aggressive offensively, finishing with a game-high 27 points. Center Joakim Noah also played a preseason-high 31:58 to go with 6 points, 17...
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Butler confident new deal will come together with Bulls

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Jimmy Butler remained confident Friday that he and the Chicago Bulls will work out a contract extension prior to the approaching deadline.Butler and the Bulls have until Oct. 31, the deadline for first-round picks heading into their fourth season, to come to terms. He will become a restricted free agent after the season if a deal cannot be agreed upon before the deadline. “I...
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Derrick Rose: Patrick Kane pushes me

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose made it clear Friday that there’s a mutual respect between him and Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Rose and Kane will both look to put on a show at the Scottrade Center in the next few days as the Blackhawks and Bulls both happen to be in St. Louis at the same time. The Bulls play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and the Blackhawks...
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Derrick Rose seeking further progress in Bulls' preseason finale

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose gets one final preseason tune-up Friday before embarking next week on his first regular-season game in nearly a year.For Rose and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, their final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday represents another chance for Rose to work toward regaining his form.“Just keep making progress,” Thibodeau...
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Butler's thumb swelling down, still questionable for opener

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler’s left thumb has decreased in swelling, but his status for next week’s season opener is still in question, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday.Butler suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. An MRI revealed he sprained ligaments in his left thumb. He will miss his second...
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