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Free-agent wings stay put with Bulls

Kevin Pelton congratulates the Chicago Bulls for maintaining stability with their starting wings. They kept Jimmy Butler with a max contract and also re-signed Mike Dunleavy, though he likely will come off the bench toward the end of his deal. Pelton's first-day analysis (Insider)

Butler staying in Chicago (0:30)

Jimmy Butler, Bulls agree on 5-year deal

The deal is worth $90M, sources tell ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Butler will have a player option for the fifth year of the deal, but the contract assures he will be in Chicago through the 2019-20 season.

Mike Dunleavy staying in Chicago (2:00)
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Grantland: What will Jimmy Butler do?

Jimmy Butler can accept his fully guaranteed five-year qualifying offer from the Bulls, or go elsewhere for at least three years. His other option is a one-year qualifying offer in Chicago. Zach Lowe: Eight NBA free-agency questions

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Mike Dunleavy, Bulls closing in on deal

The deal would be worth 3 years, $15M, league sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein. "He likes the familiarity of the situation and the franchise has been good to him," a source told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Athletes as fans: Jimmy Butler (0:31)
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CBA aids Bulls' efforts to resign Butler

The CBA allows the Chicago Bulls to extend what is known as a maximum qualifying offer to Jimmy Butler, which makes it easier for the Bulls to match other offers, writes Amin Elhassan. Free-agent Big Board 2.0 (Insider)

Why are the Cavs pursuing Dunleavy?

While ESPN's Kevin Pelton says it's likely Mike Dunleavy returns to Chicago, the Cavs are making a play because he could "slot into that James Jones role -- someone who can knock down open 3-pointers."

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Bulls Plan To Match Offers For Butler

Coming off a career year, Jimmy Butler is one of the top RFA's in the NBA. Will the Bulls be able to keep him in Chicago for the long-term? 5-on-5: Free agency preview

Butler cancels other meetings

Chances that Jimmy Butler plays anywhere but Chicago? Says Chris Broussard: "None, really."

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Bulls offering Butler several options

The Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a 5-year, $90M deal Monday, and Butler postponed meetings with other teams, sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard. Butler could also do a 4-year deal (player option) or a take 1-year qualifying offer.

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Sources: Bulls offer Butler max, other options

The Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a maximum five-year, $90 million contract Monday, leading the restricted free agent to postpone meetings with several other teams.

Bulls: Marc Stein says "latest signals" stress that Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy "HIGHLY likely" to be back with the team

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Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron before LeBron

"They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself. It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us." (via Northeast Ohio Media Group)

Bulls: Bobby Portis' work ethic and versatility appealed to coach Fred Hoiberg and GM Gar Forman, says Nick Friedell

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game100.815th
Rebounds Per Game45.73rd
Assists Per Game21.714th
Points Allowed97.89th

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