Jimmy Butler just got paid. After having a breakout season and making the All-Star team, Butler has agreed to a 5 year, $95 million contract extension to stay with the Chicago Bulls. He was a restricted free agent and the Bulls were going to match any offer he was given. The Lakers were an option for Butler, but it was a long shot. Everyone knew he was happy in Chicago and wants to be there long-term. Butler is only 25 years old and has the potential to be an All-Star for many years to come. He really helped take the pressure off of Derrick Rose, who was coming back from the numerous knee injuries.
Jimmy Butler accepts 5 year, $90 million deal with Bulls, has player option after fourth year
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2015
This was a very smart move by the Bulls. Butler is becoming one of the best shooting guards in the league. He is one of the best two-way players in the league. His style of play fits in perfectly with the Bulls. He will guard the best player on the opposing team and still give around 20 points a night. With new coach Fred Hoiberg, the future is very bright for the Bulls. The team can finally get over the hump and make it back to the conference finals and compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This is a contract that Butler completely deserves. After turning down a long term extension last off-season at a lot less money, Butler really improved, and showed his true value last season. When a player makes these kinds of strides and shows promise for the future, they are going to get paid and paid well. Good for Butler for having faith in himself.