Butler addition looming as Bulls trip continues


Butler addition looming as Bulls trip continues

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Posted: 10:04 AM Updated: 3:45 PM

By Aggrey Sam

ATLANTAAccording to his agent, swingman Rasual Butler will sign with the Bulls once he clears waivers, CSNChicago.com has learned.

Andy Miller, Butler's agent, told CSNChicago.com, "We intend on signing with Chicago when he clears waivers," via text message Wednesday morning.

Butler, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter, confirmed to CSNChicago.com that he was bought out of his contract by the Los Angeles Clippers late Sunday evening.

Butler, who averaged five points per game in 41 contests for the Clippers this season, is expected to clear waivers Wednesday. Butler averaged a career-high 11.9 points per game for the Clippers last season.

When asked about the potential acquisition, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau told CSNChicago.com, I have nothing to say until it gets done, prior to the Bulls morning shootaround at Philips Arena.

Thibodeau added: Hes been a good player in the league for a while.

One individual familiar with Chicagos personnel, former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, thinks Butler could be a solid addition to the team.

Rasual is one of the top shooters in the league, Hinrich, who was recently traded to the Hawks, who host his former team Wednesday night, told CSNChicago.com. Hes had a solid career and I think he would help a lot, if he comes in there. Hes a very confident shooter, so I think that would help them.

(Read Aggrey's "Starting Five" for more info on what Hinrich has to say about his former team.)

While Butler would be unlikely to immediately supplant any player in Thibodeaus rotation, his outside-shooting prowess would give them an additional weapon for the seasons stretch run and more importantly, the playoffs.

Although his numbers were down for the youth-oriented Clippers this season, Butler would potentially give the Bulls another capable perimeter shooter to battle defensive-minded teams in the postseason who are focused on clogging the lane against the penetration of All-Star point guard and MVP front-runner Derrick Rose, as well as Chicagos size on the interior.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter. 


With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.