This isn’t typically the time of year to discuss trading for a star, but the Jimmy Butler situation is unique.
But there hasn’t been much noise coming out of Philadelphia about Butler and with good reason.
All the noise about Jimmy Butler yesterday was about Miami, but it’s clear Minnesota’s price tag remains extremely high. To highlight one rumored team, I’m told Philly is currently completely out of the JB situation and has never had any traction after preliminary discussions.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) September 27, 2018
Not the right fit
Butler is arguably a top-15 NBA player right now. He would be an upgrade at shooting guard over JJ Redick and would help the 76ers already impressive defense.
It leaves Markelle Fultz in a bad situation. They need him to play big minutes and this trade would hurt his development.
There’s more to consider than just the player.
The 76ers would have to give up at least one asset to acquire Butler.
Dario Saric or Robert Covington would likely leave in a package deal. They are young players under team control for several years. It’s just too much to give up for a player that would probably leave after the season.
Perhaps either one of those players wouldn’t be enough. On the Bill Simmons Podcast, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said the Timberwolves asked for Ben Simmons in a deal.
If that’s the asking price, Butler will remain in Minnesota for the foreseeable future. Maybe the steep asking price is why Butler has yet to be traded.
Plus, not only are you acquiring Butler, but you are taking a $130 million bill if the team would want to sign him long term.
Butler is a nice player who could help the 76ers. He’s just not the right star for this team.
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