The NBA season may be starting with some fireworks in the next couple weeks in the wake of a report from Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic that Jimmy Butler has requested a trade out of Minnesota. The 29-year-old swingman has just one guaranteed year ($20.4 million) remaining on his contract (the final year is a player option) and he’s reportedly willing to sign an "extension" with 1-3 teams on his preferred list, if dealt to those teams.
There are all sorts of questions to tackle on the Butler front from both a Celtics and a league-wide perspective. We dove into some of those over the weekend when examining the assets East rivals would have to throw at the Wolves in any sort of potential deal. However, with the likelihood of a trade increasing by the day now, let’s dissect some important angles, including the teams on Butler’s list, whether there is any chance the Celtics might jump into the bidding, where the Celtics shouldn’t want him to go, and why Butler’s willingness to sign an extension could change everything.
Q: Who is on Butler’s preferred list?
A: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com indicates that the Nets, Clippers and Knicks are Butler’s preferred destinations. All three of those teams will have enough cap space to two max free agents next summer so all of those spots would be ideal spots for Butler to get paid in a big market and get some help alongside him.