In a recent report, it was stated that Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. One of the teams he had on his mind to be traded to is the Brooklyn Nets.

With Butler, this would most likely take the Nets from rebuild mode to a win-now mode. So how would this fit work?

One thing the Nets need to improve on is their defense and Butler would help them tremendously. Last season, the Nets finished 23rd in team defense. Butler is also one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA. He is a good defender, can create his own shot and is not afraid of finishing through contact. This is what the Nets need the most right now. He could push the players to another level and possibly push them to make the playoffs.

Brooklyn is also one of the teams that have enough cap space for next year as they have a projected cap space of around $70 million. This would be enough for Butler to sign and the person he wants to play along with Kyrie Irving.

One of the downsides of the Butler possibly going to the Nets is that he might not quite fit the Nets’ timeline. He is 29 years old but the age might not be a huge problem. He can be the veteran leader of the team.

Better options for Butler

The are some teams that have a brighter future than the Nets like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. These teams have a smaller chance of getting Butler than the Nets and Butler would help the Nets in a big way.

Butler on the Nets could take that team from the 28 wins last season to a 40 to 50-win season. The Nets might not give up Butler as they most likely don’t want to give up a lot of assets. They also don’t want to ruin the future as they did back in 2013. Butler to the Nets can be a very realistic option.

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