Jimmy Butler seems to be on his way out of Minnesota, with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets looking like the frontrunners for his services this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
However, in a recent report from Wojnarowski, the Detroit Pistons were included among other teams that are interested in bringing Butler aboard.
It’s an interesting report, but it seems far-fetched that Detroit could even come close to putting together a deal for the All-Star, nevermind convincing him to re-sign on a new deal after this season.
Despite averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game on 47.4 percent shooting along with his usual suffocating defense, he’ll be 30 years old prior to next season. While it may seem like a good idea for whoever bites the bullet on him, nothing sounds good about paying upwards of $30 million a year for an aging All-Star in his mid-30s (not that the Pistons could afford that anyway).
The possibility of Butler, Blake Griffin, and Andre Drummond may sound intriguing, but the certainty of paying millions of dollars in luxury tax and losing Luke Kennard and/or Stanley Johnson should make any sane Pistons’ fan slam the door on a trade.
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