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Jimmy Butler's performance as a starter over a five-game stretch was eye-opening enough that Bulls fans should figure he'll be in the team's long-term plans.

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Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) knocks the ball from the hands of Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) challenges Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago.

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Jimmy Butler's temporary run as the Bulls' starting small forward will come to an end soon, with Luol Deng likely to return from a right hamstring strain on Monday against Charlotte. But Butler as the full-time starter could be a more distant destiny. His presence in the lineup served as a reminder of the unsettled future of the Bulls' roster.
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    • Jimmy Butler’s performance as a starter over a five-game stretch was eye-opening enough that Bulls fans should figure he’ll be in the team’s long-term plans.
    • Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) knocks the ball from the hands of Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago.
    • Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (15) challenges Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago.
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