Philadelphia 76ers wing Jimmy Butler is one of many NBA All-Stars that could be on the move over the next few days and weeks. Butler may wind up on his fourth team in as many years.
The 76ers will probably try and hang on to the four-time All-Star. He proved his importance to the team down the stretch and during its playoff run.
However, it is unclear if he wants to stay in Philly. Butler has been connected to numerous other franchises that have a maximum salary spot available.
The Los Angeles Lakers could use a dynamic two-way backcourt play like Butler. His hometown Houston Rockets could also look to shake things up and acquire him, though due to a rough salary cap situation, general manager Daryl Morey will have to get creative with a sign-and-trade.
Now, another team has emerged as an option for Butler, and it is a bit out of left field given some of the other options.
Multiple reports have connected Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Heat's interest earlier today.
Interestingly, Dwyane Wade's retirement tour may be a reason for Butler's interest in the Heat. According to Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds, seeing how Wade was treated by the fans and organization "blew Butler away."
The Sixers were in Miami for Wade's final home game with the Heat. Clearly, the pomp and circumstance impressed others around the league.
For Miami to acquire him, however, it will require a sign-and-trade to make the salary cap situation work. The Heat haven't been connected with many other stars, and have a history of bold moves to get back into contention, so don't be surprised to see them sneak in here if they can put together an offer that the 76ers like.