Philadelphia 76ers wing Jimmy Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he opts out of his player option. Let’s look at some potential fits for Butler and then choose where Butler will most likely end up.
Philadelphia 76ers-Butler would stay in Philadelphia and help this team make an NBA Finals run again in 2020. If Kawhi Leonard goes out west to LA, this would make a wide-open eastern conference with Milwaukee and Philadelphia at the top of it.
Brooklyn Nets-If Butler were to leave the sixers for an atlantic division rival, Butler would get the benefit of playing in a big media market and would join a young and improving Nets team in the NBA Finals conversation in the eastern conference.
Houston Rockets-If the Rockets add Jimmy Butler, they could and probably should be the favorite to win a wide open western conference. Butler would most likely team up with star guard James Harden as Houston would’ve probably had to have traded veteran point guard Chris Paul to create cap space.
New York Knicks-This move would be made by the guard if fellow star free agents (possibly Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant) would go to the “Big Apple”. This would improve Butler’s brand and he could potentially be a secondary ball handler behind the likes of potential free agent lands Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker.
Los Angeles Lakers-If LA creates enough cap space by reworking the Anthony Davis deal, they should either pursue a plethera of role players or go with a max free agent like Butler. So, while it is unlikely, Butler could land in Los Angeles and play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Prediction:I predict that Butler will be a Houston Rocket and make them a favorite to be in the NBA Finals.