MIAMI -- Jimmy Butler winced, and not just because his bruised right rib made it difficult for him to breathe normally.
"I haven't missed a game, let alone this many games in my career," Butler said. "It's tough. I didn't know it was part of it like this, but it is."
Butler missed his 14th game Sunday. The rib injury piled on top of previous toe, ankle and thigh ailments. Butler also missed time during the preseason with a bruised knee.
"I'm doing everything I can to get back out there," Butler said. "It's crazy because right when I start to get into a rhythm, something like this happens."
Indeed, Butler had scored eight points in 11 minutes before succumbing to pain resulting when he landed on Aaron Brooks' knee in Friday's victory over the Nuggets.
"It wasn't a pleasurable moment," Butler cracked.
Butler expressed relief his rib didn't break but took no solace in LeBron James, whom he would've guarded, also sitting out Sunday with a broken nose. Butler said he hopes to play Tuesday in Atlanta.
"I just have to get comfortable moving and breathing normal again," he said. "But it damn sure hurts."
Roster roulette: Glen Davis, bought out by the Magic, signed with the Clippers on Sunday. But the pool of waived and bought-out players remains deep.
The Bulls are in touch with several players' representatives and aren't in position to be picky, hoping to sign a 13th player for a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum once they are confident they will avoid the luxury tax.
"You can never have enough shooting," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If something fits and addresses something you may need, you go with that. At this time of year, you're looking for insurance if you have guys who are nicked up."
Landmark day: When the Bulls face the Nets in Brooklyn on March 3, Jason Collins will be eight days into his 10-day contract. Collins became the first openly gay athlete in one of North America's four major professional sports when he signed Sunday.
"I just know Jason as a person and player, and that's what I'm happy about," Thibodeau said. "He's earned it. He deserves it. He's a great guy. I think it's good for the league. The important thing is just to judge him as a person and basketball player."
The Bulls had discussions to sign Collins in the summer of 2012. Collins disclosed his sexual preference in a first-person piece in Sports Illustrated last spring.
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