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spreadeagle
03-25-2016, 04:11 PM
Jimmy Butler could undergo exploratory surgery on his left knee as soon as the season ends.

Butler has been trying to play through the injury as the Chicago Bulls fight for a place in the playoffs

“Maybe. I hope not,’’ Butler told the Sun-Times. “Is my knee the same as it was before the injury? No.

“But I want to play, man. And at times I feel like I’m hurting this team. That’s the most disappointing part because I’m not the player I was. I don’t know if there’s something really wrong in there, but it’s not really right, either. But I’ll be fine. I have to figure out a way to help us win playing with this. That’s all I’m worried about.’’

Butler hasn't been playing nearly as well since injuring the knee on Feb. 5.

Butler was averaging 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and just 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 39 percent since returning. Butler also hasn't been as explosive or as solid on defense.

Dr. James Andrews told Butler there was nothing structurally wrong with the knee. -Chicago sun times

basketballkitty
03-25-2016, 04:36 PM
That could be good or bad news. If you believe the reports that Chicago offered up Butler at the deadline, and Orlando and the Bulls had talked. Chicago wanted Opadipo, the 2016 Orlando 1st and a unnamed player. But reports are that it wasn't Harris, or any of their young core of Hezonja, Payton or Gordon. It might have been Fournier, but who knows. And Orlando turned the trade down. Now with this news, if Chicago is indeed trying to trade Butler, a deal at the Draft might hinder it cause Butler won't be ready, or will teams know how his knee will be healing. Unless of course it is a minor procedure. But it also could be good news cause this report would explain Butler's recent bad play and sruggles. And once fixed, he could return to being the young All-star player that he is.

ClutchTime
03-25-2016, 04:54 PM
what's the timetable if he does have the surgery?

FlashBolt
03-25-2016, 06:05 PM
That could be good or bad news. If you believe the reports that Chicago offered up Butler at the deadline, and Orlando and the Bulls had talked. Chicago wanted Opadipo, the 2016 Orlando 1st and a unnamed player. But reports are that it wasn't Harris, or any of their young core of Hezonja, Payton or Gordon. It might have been Fournier, but who knows. And Orlando turned the trade down. Now with this news, if Chicago is indeed trying to trade Butler, a deal at the Draft might hinder it cause Butler won't be ready, or will teams know how his knee will be healing. Unless of course it is a minor procedure. But it also could be good news cause this report would explain Butler's recent bad play and sruggles. And once fixed, he could return to being the young All-star player that he is.

Ehhhhh, Chicago would be stupid to trade away Butler. It's probably obvious that the Bulls are convincing him to somewhat play if he can because they are close to the playoffs. He's been their best player the past two years and IMO, was the best SG for a few months until Harden bounced back into form. One thing is, though, the Bulls are in a great situation coming 2017-2018. They will only have two players under contract; Butler and Dunleavy. 2017-2018 is also a very underrated free agency involving: Westbrook, Curry, CP3, Griffin, Ibaka, and other good names. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out but I don't think trading Butler is a good idea unless it's a can't miss deal.