|July 9 9:35 PM PT10:35 PM MT11:35 PM CT12:35 AM ET4:35 GMT12:35 9:35 PM MST11:35 PM EST8:35 UAE06:350:35 ET11:35 PM CT3:35 - Butler envisions the Chicago Bulls contending for a championship next season and he and Derrick Rose forming one of the NBA's best backcourts after signing a five-year, $95.5 million contract.
Analysis: Butler can opt out after four years. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.
|July 1 12:12 PM PT1:12 PM MT2:12 PM CT3:12 PM ET19:12 GMT3:12 12:12 PM MST2:12 PM EST23:12 UAE21:1215:12 ET2:12 PM CT18:12 - A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Butler and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a five-year contract that could be worth about $90 million. The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. The total value of the contract could wind up being a little higher depending on where the salary cap number is set. But they won't know until July 9, when NBA contracts can be signed.
Analysis: Butler also holds an option for the fifth year. The deal comes on the heels of a breakout season in which Butler made his first All-Star team and was selected the NBA's Most Improved Player.
|May 14 8:45 PM PT9:45 PM MT10:45 PM CT11:45 PM ET3:45 GMT11:45 8:45 PM MST10:45 PM EST7:45 UAE (+1)05:4523:45 ET10:45 PM CT2:45 - Butler's strong season ended Thursday.
Analysis: Butler scored 20 points as the Bulls were blown out on their home floor to see a once-promising season come to a crashing and humiliating end.
|May 12 7:42 PM PT8:42 PM MT9:42 PM CT10:42 PM ET2:42 GMT10:42 7:42 PM MST9:42 PM EST6:42 UAE (+1)04:4222:42 ET9:42 PM CT1:42 - Butler scored 29 points Tuesday.
Analysis: Butler may need to do more in a must-win Game 6 is Thursday at United Center since teammate Derrick Rose aggravated a shoulder "stinger" he sustained in Game 1.
|May 10 7:47 PM PT8:47 PM MT9:47 PM CT10:47 PM ET2:47 GMT10:47 7:47 PM MST9:47 PM EST6:47 UAE (+1)04:4722:47 ET9:47 PM CT1:47 - Butler scored 19 points Sunday.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 19.3 points in the series. Game 5 is at 'The Q' on Tuesday.
|May 8 8:30 PM PT9:30 PM MT10:30 PM CT11:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)05:3023:30 ET10:30 PM CT2:30 - Butler had 20 points and eight boards Friday.
Analysis: Butler had to expend plenty of energy on the defensive end trying to slow down superstar LeBron James. He and Derrick Rose combined to score 23 of Chicago's 25 points in the fourth quarter.
|May 7 8:52 AM PT9:52 AM MT10:52 AM CT11:52 AM ET15:52 GMT23:52 8:52 AM MST10:52 AM EST19:52 UAE17:5211:52 ET10:52 AM CT14:52 - Butler has been named the NBA's Most Improved Player after making his first All-Star team and averaging a career high in scoring.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Butler received 92 of 129 first-place votes and 535 total points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. In his fourth season, Butler went from averaging 13.1 to 20 points. His shooting improved from 39.7 to 46.2 percent, his rebounding jumped from 4.9 to 5.8 and his assists increased from 2.6 to 3.3 per game.
|May 6 7:02 PM PT8:02 PM MT9:02 PM CT10:02 PM ET2:02 GMT10:02 7:02 PM MST9:02 PM EST6:02 UAE (+1)04:0222:02 ET9:02 PM CT1:02 - Butler led Chicago with 18 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Butler missed nine of 14 shots and was woefully off target on some of them.
|Apr. 9 3:37 PM PT4:37 PM MT5:37 PM CT6:37 PM ET22:37 GMT6:37 3:37 PM MST5:37 PM EST2:37 UAE (+1)00:3718:37 ET5:37 PM CT21:37 - Butler was ruled out of the Bulls' game at Miami on Thursday night with a left calf injury.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 20.1 points this season for Chicago, which is still battling for the No. 3 seed behind Atlanta and Cleveland in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs.
|Mar. 25 8:13 PM PT9:13 PM MT10:13 PM CT11:13 PM ET3:13 GMT11:13 8:13 PM MST10:13 PM EST7:13 UAE (+1)04:1323:13 ET9:13 PM CT2:13 - Butler shot the ball just fine in his second game back from an elbow injury Wednesday, scoring 23 points while connecting on 7 of 8 to help defeat Toronto in a key clash for Eastern Conference playoff seeding.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 21.0 points and shooting 46.4 percent in his return.
|Mar. 23 6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST5:38 UAE (+1)02:3821:38 ET7:38 PM CT0:38 - Butler returned to the lineup Monday after missing 11 games with a left elbow injury.
Analysis: Butler was listed as questionable for Monday's game against Charlotte, but the All-Star got the start after going through warmups. He sprained his elbow on March 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Bulls went 5-6 while he was out.
|Mar. 2 11:01 AM PT12:01 PM MT1:01 PM CT2:01 PM ET19:01 GMT3:01 12:01 PM MST2:01 PM EST23:01 UAE20:0114:01 ET1:01 PM CT18:01 - Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow and join the injured Derrick Rose on the sideline.
Analysis: Butler, Chicago's scoring leader, was injured during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He missed most of the second half after he ran into a pick by DeAndre Jordan, the latest blow to a team that has shuffled players in and out of the rotation because of various ailments.
|Mar. 1 6:32 PM PT7:32 PM MT8:32 PM CT9:32 PM ET2:32 GMT10:32 7:32 PM MST9:32 PM EST6:32 UAE (+1)03:3221:32 ET8:32 PM CT1:32 - Butler hurt his left elbow in a 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and was sidelined for much of the second half.
Analysis: Butler's status is unknown pending the results of an MRI on Monday.
|Feb. 28 10:36 PM PT11:36 PM MT12:36 AM CT1:36 AM ET6:36 GMT14:36 11:36 PM MST1:36 AM EST10:36 UAE07:361:36 ET12:36 AM CT5:36 - Butler scored 28 on 11-of-19 shooting with a season-high 12 rebounds in Friday's win versus Minnesota.
Analysis: Butler has not only taking his scoring to another level this season, he's also increased his rebounding average by 1.1 to 6.0 per game.
|Feb. 11 1:34 PM PT2:34 PM MT3:34 PM CT4:34 PM ET21:34 GMT5:34 2:34 PM MST4:34 PM EST1:34 UAE (+1)22:3416:34 ET3:34 PM CT19:34 - Butler was back for the Bulls on Friday.
Analysis: Butler was out because of a strained right shoulder.
|Feb. 9 9:40 PM PT10:40 PM MT11:40 PM CT12:40 AM ET5:40 GMT13:40 10:40 PM MST12:40 AM EST9:40 UAE06:400:40 ET11:40 PM CT3:40 - Butler led the Bulls with 27 points in a 98-97 win in Orlando on Sunday night.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 25.8 points in his five games since returning from an illness.
|Feb. 4 8:12 PM PT9:12 PM MT10:12 PM CT11:12 PM ET4:12 GMT12:12 9:12 PM MST11:12 PM EST8:12 UAE05:1223:12 ET10:12 PM CT2:12 - Butler scored 27 points in Wednesday's loss at Houston.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 28.0 points - up from his season mark of 20.6 - during the Bulls' three-game losing streak.
|Jan. 30 10:33 PM PT11:33 PM MT12:33 AM CT1:33 AM ET6:33 GMT14:33 11:33 PM MST1:33 AM EST10:33 UAE07:331:33 ET12:33 AM CT4:33 - Butler hurt his left knee against the Lakers on Thursday.
Analysis: It's unclear if he'll be able to go Friday against the Suns.
|Jan. 27 6:07 PM PT7:07 PM MT8:07 PM CT9:07 PM ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST6:07 UAE (+1)03:0721:07 ET8:07 PM CT0:07 - Butler matched a career high with 35 points in Thursday's double-overtime loss to the Lakers.
Analysis: Hours after earning his first All-Star nod, Butler shot 9 of 17 and 16 of 18 from the foul line. He missed the previous game with an illness.
|Jan. 22 8:07 PM PT9:07 PM MT10:07 PM CT11:07 PM ET4:07 GMT12:07 9:07 PM MST11:07 PM EST8:07 UAE05:0723:07 ET10:07 PM CT2:07 - Butler was 4 of 9 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws to score 17 points in Thursday's win against the Spurs.
Analysis: Butler's performance wasn't overly impressive but he is shooting 47.3 percent over his last four games. Owners hope he's out of the slump that saw him shoot 32.4 percent in his previous six.
|Jan. 9 8:39 PM PT9:39 PM MT10:39 PM CT11:39 PM ET4:39 GMT12:39 9:39 PM MST11:39 PM EST8:39 UAE05:3923:39 ET10:39 PM CT2:39 - Butler had one of his poorest showings of the season Friday. He had 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting in a road loss to Washington.
Analysis: Butler has totaled 26 points while going 7 for 25 from the field in his last two games.
|Jan. 5 4:45 PM PT5:45 PM MT6:45 PM CT7:45 PM ET0:45 GMT8:45 5:45 PM MST7:45 PM EST4:45 UAE (+1)01:4519:45 ET6:45 PM CT22:45 - Butler is back in the Chicago Bulls' lineup against the Houston Rockets after missing a game for bereavement.
Analysis: Butler was averaging 21.9 points per game. Getting him back Monday night was a big boost for the Central Division leaders as they tried for their 13th win in 15 games.
|Jan. 3 12:06 PM PT1:06 PM MT2:06 PM CT3:06 PM ET20:06 GMT4:06 1:06 PM MST3:06 PM EST0:06 UAE (+1)21:0615:06 ET2:06 PM CT18:06 - Butler will not play Saturday for the Bulls against the Boston Celtics.
Analysis: Butler is on bereavement leave. He is averaging a team-leading 21.9 points along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season.
|Dec. 29 8:26 PM PT9:26 PM MT10:26 PM CT11:26 PM ET4:26 GMT12:26 9:26 PM MST11:26 PM EST8:26 UAE05:2623:26 ET10:26 PM CT2:26 - Butler finished with 27 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a 92-90 win at Indiana on Monday.
Analysis: Butler has totaled 60 points, 14 boards and six steals in his last two games. He's simply a must-start every week at this point.
|Dec. 28 9:48 PM PT10:48 PM MT11:48 PM CT12:48 AM ET5:48 GMT13:48 10:48 PM MST12:48 AM EST9:48 UAE06:480:48 ET11:48 PM CT3:48 - Butler scored 33 points to lead Chicago past New Orleans on Saturday.
Analysis: Butler, scoring 22.0 points per game this season, has emerged as one of the best two-guards in the NBA.
|Dec. 23 10:30 PM PT11:30 PM MT12:30 AM CT1:30 AM ET6:30 GMT14:30 11:30 PM MST1:30 AM EST10:30 UAE07:301:30 ET12:30 AM CT4:30 - Butler stayed hot Monday with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in a win over Toronto.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 31.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocks in his last three games.
|Dec. 20 9:49 PM PT10:49 PM MT11:49 PM CT12:49 AM ET5:49 GMT13:49 10:49 PM MST12:49 AM EST9:49 UAE06:490:49 ET11:49 PM CT3:49 - Butler scored 31 points and grabbed 10 boards Friday against Memphis.
Analysis: He has now topped the 30-point mark in consecutive games after previously accomplishing the feat just twice in his career.
|Dec. 3 10:41 PM PT11:41 PM MT12:41 AM CT1:41 AM ET6:41 GMT14:41 11:41 PM MST1:41 AM EST10:41 UAE07:411:41 ET12:41 AM CT4:41 - Butler scored 23 and had eight rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's double-overtime loss to Dallas.
Analysis: Jimmy Buckets has elevated his game to the next level this season, averaging 22.0 points - 6.9 more than last season - along with a career-best 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He's already a better offensive player than many experts ever envisioned him becoming.
|Dec. 1 10:19 PM PT11:19 PM MT12:19 AM CT1:19 AM ET6:19 GMT14:19 11:19 PM MST1:19 AM EST10:19 UAE07:191:19 ET12:19 AM CT4:19 - Butler had 26 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 102-84 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.
Analysis: Since scoring a season-low nine points in Portland on Nov. 21, Butler has averaged 26.3 in four games.
|Nov. 26 10:02 PM PT11:02 PM MT12:02 AM CT1:02 AM ET6:02 GMT14:02 11:02 PM MST1:02 AM EST10:02 UAE07:021:02 ET12:02 AM CT4:02 - Butler had 32 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday's loss at Denver.
Analysis: Butler is quickly becoming a fantasy monster. He's averaging 21.6 points while shooting 50.0 percent to go along with 1.6 steals per game.
|Nov. 24 7:56 PM PT8:56 PM MT9:56 PM CT10:56 PM ET3:56 GMT11:56 8:56 PM MST10:56 PM EST7:56 UAE (+1)04:5622:56 ET9:56 PM CT1:56 - Butler scored 25 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 97-95 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Analysis: Butler is sizzling with a season average of 20.8 points and is proving there is more to the Bulls than the oft-injured Derrick Rose.
|Nov. 18 9:15 PM PT10:15 PM MT11:15 PM CT12:15 AM ET5:15 GMT13:15 10:15 PM MST12:15 AM EST9:15 UAE06:150:15 ET11:15 PM CT3:15 - Butler led six players in double figures with 22 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-89 Monday night to improve to 6-0 on the road for the first time since 1996-97.
Analysis: Butler was coming off a career-high 32-points in a loss to Indiana and had eight assists and six rebounds. He missed 11 of 17 shots but that did not deter him in front of a star-studded crowd that included Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Rev. Jesse Jackson in attendance.
|Nov. 5 9:38 PM PT10:38 PM MT11:38 PM CT12:38 AM ET5:38 GMT13:38 10:38 PM MST12:38 AM EST9:38 UAE06:380:38 ET11:38 PM CT3:38 - Butler had 21 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday's 98-90 win over Orlando.
Analysis: Butler is averaging 22.5 points through his first two games, though both came with Derrick Rose on the sidelines. Butler's scoring could take a dip when the former NBA MVP returns.
|Nov. 2 9:29 PM PT10:29 PM MT11:29 PM CT12:29 AM ET5:29 GMT13:29 10:29 PM MST12:29 AM EST9:29 UAE06:290:29 ET11:29 PM CT3:29 - Butler knocked down two free throws with 0.2 seconds left in Saturday's 106-105 victory over Minnesota.
Analysis: Butler finished with 24 points on 6-of-12 shooting in his season debut after missing the first two games with a thumb injury. He should continue to be a strong fantasy play going forward.
|Oct. 31 4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST3:20 UAE (+1)00:2019:20 ET5:20 PM CT21:20 - Butler made a surprising return to the starting lineup Saturday after missing the first two games with a sprained left thumb.
Analysis: Owners should make sure to activate Butler in fantasy.
|Oct. 30 9:49 PM PT10:49 PM MT11:49 PM CT12:49 AM ET4:49 GMT12:49 9:49 PM MST11:49 PM EST8:49 UAE05:490:49 ET10:49 PM CT2:49 - Butler missed Wednesday's opener with a sprained left thumb.
Analysis: It's unclear when Butler will be able to return.