Gasol has found fulfillment on and off the court in Chicago.
The Bulls are set up to make a real run for the first time in the Thibodeau era, if they stay healthy.
Butler’s going to get paid one way or the other after a career year.
Gasol is in line to start the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 in New York City.
Butler will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
In an encouraging sign, Derrick Rose went through morning shootaround.
Butler is out on bereavement leave, while Dunleavy has a right ankle injury.
“It puts enormous pressure on a defense,” Tom Thibodeau says.
“The guys around this locker room, all we worry about is winning,” Jimmy Butler says.
“It’s not an accident,” Bryant says of Butler’s emergence.
Pau Gasol trails only LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt.
Stardom found Butler, at least for a night, as he scored a career-high 35 points.
Chicago’s defense has been largely average this season.
The Bulls reportedly only anted up to $11 million per season in negotiations.
Chicago has a good thing going with Pau Gasol’s strong play and Derrick Rose healthy.
Jimmy Butler hit four free throws late in the game and finished with 22 points, Derrick Rose scored 21 points and the Chicago Bulls pulled out a 109-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 20 points.
Chicago improved to 8-3 with an impressive road win.
Here’s a secret lost in the early season drama: Chicago’s defense has been rather average.
Chicago improved to 6-2 with the win.