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Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler emerged as one of the leagues top young stars this season and now in the playoffs he has taken his play to another level. The NBA’s Most Improved Player will become a restricted free agent this summer and it will be interesting to see if the Bulls have enough left to even offer him a max contract.
One of the teams that is reportedly planning on making a maxium salary offer-sheet is the Los Angeles Lakers. Via RealGM:
Outside of Chicago, teams are already preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler in free agency, including the Los Angeles Lakers as one of several expected suitors, league sources told RealGM. Even Butler’s college area connection, the Milwaukee Bucks, will have cap space in July. Around the league, there’s a question: How will Chicago handle the inevitable max out of a star player not named Rose?
For now, Butler has made clear his desire, and the Bulls will assuredly match anything, anyway. Here’s a breakthrough star in the regular season, and an even bigger performer in the postseason. He’s a main reason these Bulls believe they have an opportunity to defeat LeBron, but James has been persistent in his bounce-back outputs ever since those 2011 Finals.