We’ve seen a few NBA superstars demand trades in recent years, including Kyrie Irving, and most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Based on reports we’ve heard recently, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a Jimmy Butler trade demand.
LeBron James free agency intrigue dominated the early part of this off-season. He didn’t waste much time in choosing the Los Angeles Lakers.
From there, things turned to the Kawhi situation. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors this week.
While those things were going on, there has been word of issues among the stars in Minnesota. If it comes down to it, the team is almost definitely going to stick with young superstar Karl-Anthony Towns.
Butler recently turned down an offer to stay in Minnesota long-term. It was definitely an offer below market value, but it still isn’t a great sign for Butler’s future in Minnesota.
Recent odds released by Bet Online indicate that a Jimmy Butler trade could definitely be on the horizon.
The online sportsbook has the Timberwolves as a solid favorite for which franchise Butler will begin the season with. However, it is not exactly an overwhelming favorite at -225.
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At this point, I wouldn’t bet on Butler leaving before the season. However, there are plenty of rumors about his next destination.
The most interesting rumors that have been floated involve Butler teaming up with Kyrie Irving. Earlier this month, it was suggested in the Chicago Sun-Times that the two are looking for a fit to play together in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks and Nets are both local to Irving’s native New Jersey, and could have a ton of cap room next year. Whether a team will look to get a jump on that process and try and trade for Butler before or during the season, is yet to be seen.
Right now, it doesn’t sound like things are so bad in Minnesota that they’ll look to make a move, but as we’ve seen in other situations, things change very quickly in the NBA.