WME Signs Jimmy Butler
Per SBJ, Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler has signed with WME for his representation off the court. Butler’s representation will be led by WME partners and agents Dave Wirtschafter and Doug Lucterhand as well as Kevin Shivers.
The 6’7″ Butler is a two-time All-Star and the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2015. He signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Bulls in 2015. With the departure of point guard Derrick Rose, Butler will be heavily relied upon. However, the acquisition of Chicago-native Dwayne Wade will take some of the scoring pressure of Butler as the Bulls look to return to the playoffs.
The 27-year-old enters his fifth NBA season and has averaged 13.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, and 5.3 RPG in his career. He is coming off a 2015-16 season in which he averaged 20.9 PPG, 4.8 APG and 5.3 RPG.
Butler had been in the news this Summer after he was rumored to be a trade target for a few teams, including the Miami Heat. With the CBA expiring, his contract is favorable as the salary cap is going to increase exponentially. For now, he looks to help the new-look Bulls start the 2016-17 campaign on a positive note.