Butler staying put

Jimmy Butler has made it clear that he has no intentions of leaving the Chicago Bulls.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Butler and his future with the Bulls as the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic are reportedly interested in acquiring his services, but the 26-year-old, who signed a five-year max contract worth over $90 million last summer, is not going anywhere.

Butler also revealed that he loves the city of Chicago and has always wanted to play for the Bulls.

“That’s why I’m here,” Butler told ESPN.com. “I don’t plan on going anywhere. I can’t control what everybody else does. I know that this is the city that I love, Chicago. And I want to wear that jersey. I want to wear that name on the front, and I wear it proudly. All I got to do is continue to control what I can control. That’s try to help this team win games.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t pay attention to the rumors. Somebody sent [the story] to me today, and I just clicked off of it. I mean, why am I getting in [to the speculation]? I can’t control it. I can’t say don’t do this or don’t do that. That’s not my job. If I do what I’m supposed to do on the floor, then everything else takes care of itself. I’m a firm believer in that.”

Meanwhile, Butler is also determined to ensure that the Bulls feature in this year’s playoffs. However, that will be a lot easier said than done as the Bulls are currently one game behind the Indiana Pacers for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“I think so,” he said when asked if the Bulls can make the playoffs. “You’ll never hear me say that we’re going to lose. This is my team. This is our team. I like the group of guys that we have. I’m confident that we’ll continue to win games and we’ll find ourselves in the playoffs.”