The league announced Thursday that Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler was named to the All-NBA Third-Team. Jimmy Butler had a great season. He averaged personal bests in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He was fourth-most minutes per game in the league. In each of the past four seasons, he’s been in the top four in the NBA in minutes per game, leading the league in 2014-15. Jimmy averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 76 games. This is Jimmy Butler’s first career All-NBA selection. Jimmy Butler became the first Bull to earn All-NBA honors since Pau Gasol was named to the second team following the 2014-15 season.
This award was not just given to Jimmy Butler, He earned to be named All-NBA third-team. The All-NBA selection is an amazing milestone for Butler’s career. Butler is just one more All-NBA selection away from qualifying for the designated player exception, a five-year super max extension.
Jimmy will become a free agent the summer of 2019, when he can decline a $19.6 million player option for the 2019-20 season. Butler needs to make All-NBA once out of next 2 seasons to be eligible for designated player exception or super max in 2019-20. According to the latest projections from The Vertical’s Shams Charania, The salary cap for the 2019-20 season, the first year of Butler’s new contract, will be reaching $120 million. A five-year deal for Butler would start at $42 million in the first year and be worth upwards of $245 million overall.
If Butler doesn’t qualify for the DPE by 2019, he would be eligible to sign a five-year extension worth a projected $199 million with the Chicago Bulls, or he sign a four-year deal with another team that will be worth up to $155 million. The Bulls will have some hard decisions to make on what they wanna do with Jimmy Butler. If he makes All-NBA team in one of the next two years, the Bulls will have to ask themselves in either 2018 or 2019 if paying Butler almost a quarter-billion dollars over the next five years is what they want to do. Congratulations to Jimmy Butler on this amazing milestone. No matter how this goes, Jimmy has made himself a lot of money.