Jimmy Butler is one of the top free agents who is yet to decide which team he would sign. There are a lot of takers for the 29-year-old All-Star, and even he knows it very well.
So far the Houston Rockets has publicly announced their interest in a Jimmy Butler deal, but the player has not given any response. The Philadelphia 76ers are also ready to re-sign him, but a trade deal is very less likely to happen due to money issues.
Butler is meeting new teams and made it clear that he will decide about his future soon. The Lakers and Knicks are also interested in Butler, and a deal might be on the cards. At the same time, Butler is meeting with the Miami Heat team, which are also a top contender. Here are the possible trade deals for Jimmy Butler in the free agency 2019.
Miami Heat can offer a better deal
The latest NBA team to be linked with Jimmy Butler is the Miami Heat, and a deal might be on its way. Both the teams, Miami Heat, and the Houston Rockets are ready to offer him a good deal, but then the former has larger cap space. The Miami team can offer him a 4-year max contract at $164 million, which the Rockets can barely manage.
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Also, Butler himself asked for a meeting with the Heat management, further indicating his preference. If a deal between Jimmy Butler and Miami Heat is done, the Philadelphia 76ers would have a great loss. The 76ers would have gotten a tax discount if they managed somehow to strike a deal with Butler. But without it, they can’t get major new players, and their trouble seems to increase a lot.
Butler prefers the Lakers
Jimmy Butler himself always prefers playing for the Los Angeles team in the next season of NBA. He has always been giving out hints, one time by liking the purple and gold color sneaker, an indication of Lakers jersey. As per the sources, if the Lakers offer him a max deal, Butler will sign immediately with them.
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Some rumors go to an extent where it is said that Butler will even play in the Lakers even for less money. All of this started when Butler revealed that he wouldn’t be having an issue while playing with LeBron James. The Lakers are aware of this fact and trying their best to sign in Butler as their third main star, after Anthony and LeBron.