Jimmy Butler hasn’t shied away from the fact that he’s more than willing (and may actually want) to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves. After rejecting the team’s four-year, $110 million max contract extension offer, it’s become very likely he’ll join a loaded 2019 NBA free agent class.
Butler has one year left on his current deal, as well as a player option for the 2019-20 season, according to Spotrac. And according to a recent report, if Butler does indeed opt out and become a free agent, one potential landing spot could be with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James.
As Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report revealed, Butler is “open” to the idea of it.
“Per a source close to Butler, he’s open to the idea of moving on from the Timberwolves to play alongside James in Los Angeles.”
The idea of Butler playing next to James is an interesting one, and it makes sense. We’ve seen the 28-year-old shooting guard produce at a high level even playing alongside talented teammates. In his lone season with the Timberwolves, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists over 59 regular season games.
Tack on the fact that the Lakers are obviously looking to add another superstar to pair with LeBron, and it could be a perfect match. The lone question becomes whether this would happen in free agency, or if the Lakers could swing a trade during the year.
Source: Heavy Sports