Sources say Butler could be officially introduced as the league's MIP award winner as early as Thursday, with Friday's Game 3 at home against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals looming as a natural opportunity for the NBA to present Butler with the award in front of his home fans at the United Center.
Butler said after the Bulls' 106-91 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday night that he's focused on winning games rather than the award.
"I want to win this series, I want to win the championship, and at the end of the season, maybe that Most Improved award will mean a lot more," he said.
Despite losing 17 games to injury, Butler hiked his scoring average this season from 13.1 points per game to 20.0 and became an Eastern Conference All-Star for the first time. He also raised his shooting percentage from 39.7 percent from the floor last season to 46.2 percent.
ESPNChicago.com's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.