So Jimmy Butler wants out of Minnesota what surprised me is that he asked for this a week and half prior to training camp and preseason starting. From multiple reports Jimmy Butler asked to traded to three teams New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers he obviously wants to come to a big market team and is ready to leave the cold winters in Minnesota and looking to be a star in sunny California or boost a New York team.
Clippers Media Day is Monday, September 24th and I will be attending it. If Butler does or doesn’t get traded to the Clips by then best believe I will be asking questions about Butler. A quote from LA Times article about the potential Butler acquisition, “Ideally, the Clippers would acquire Butler in a deal that sends Danilo Gallinari to Minnesota along with a draft pick or young talent — not including this year’s top pick, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. A deal also could be centered around Tobias Harris, who will be a free agent after the season.” Are Danilo and Tobias players they are willing to get rid of? Well if they are in a quote on quote rebuilding year makes sense right?
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The Butler situation is tricky because he is looking to get a max deal upwards of $200 million with the next team that signs him, he is currently 29 years old has played lots of heavy minutes and has dealt with some injuries. But if they are able to acquire him and Kawhi Leonard by this next upcoming offseason then things start to make a bit more sense but at what cost, players, salary, etc? The T-Wolves are already moving on offering Karl-Anthony Towns and $190 million dollar contract, but are the Clippers ready to pull the trigger or will wait until the summer time to go after a star studded duo package? I guess we will have to see.