Jimmy Butler insists he does not want to leave the Chicago Bulls

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If it is up to Jimmy Butler, he will remain a member of the Chicago Bulls for the foreseeable future. 

The shooting guard has recently been linked with an off-season trade away from the Illinois-based franchise, however, following the Bulls' win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, the shooting guard expressed his desire to stay put. 

The 26-year-old insisted he was happy in the city and was only concentrating on helping Chicago rack up the wins. He also stated that rumours about his future did not interest him, and he was powerless to stop them.

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As per, he said: "That's why I'm here. 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 rumours," Butler said. "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."

Winning games is exactly what the Bulls need to do if they are to make the playoffs this season. They currently sit in ninth place in the east and have seven contests to save their campaign. 

Sitting one game behind the Indiana Pacers, who occupy the final spot in the conference, there is still all to play for, but Chicago will need Jimmy Buckets back at his best if they are to prolong their season. 

The 2015 Most Improved Player has struggled to recreate the blistering form he produced prior to a knee injury that ruled him out of out 14 games and led to him being replaced in the Eastern Conference All-Star team by Pau Gasol. 

He is averaging 14.9 points in his 11 games since returning but his impact on the team has still been significant. While his own shots have been struggling to fall, Butler has worked hard to help his teammates get the open looks and ensure the playoffs remain a realistic aim.

But the 2011 draftee still showed his ability to come up clutch when it matters as he nailed the winning shot in a vital win over the Pacers recently. 

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