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NBA Injury Rumors: Bulls' Jimmy Butler May Need Knee Surgery

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler, like Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose, could be heading towards serious rehab after the Chicago Sun Times reported the shooting guard could need knee surgery this summer.

According to a source, Butler was told that exploratory surgery on the knee was in play as soon as the season comes to an end.

And while he was initially vague when asked about it, the All-Star didn’t take that scenario off the table.

“Maybe. I hope not,” Butler told the Sun-Times. “Is my knee the same as it was before the injury? No.

“But I want to play, man. And at times I feel like I’m hurting this team. That’s the most disappointing part because I’m not the player I was. I don’t know if there’s something really wrong in there, but it’s not really right, either. But I’ll be fine. I have to figure out a way to help us win playing with this. That’s all I’m worried about.”

Butler, who was selected to the All-Star team for the second year in a row, could ultimately decide to shut it down at some point if the Bulls are eliminated from playoff contention.

-- Glenn Erby

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