So the Sixers whiffed on LeBron, Paul George and Kawhi. That , however, is not the end of the story. The Sixers still need another top talent to get to the top of the heap. And there are some possibilities to fill that need.
Jimmy Butler would normally not be available. The T’Wolves did not and do not want to give him up. But Butler turned down their contract extension offer. That may signal that he is ready to move on. It might also mean that he just wants to create a bidding war for his talents in 2019.
If (Butler) waits until the 2019 free agency and re-signs with Minnesota, he could sign a five-year max contract extension worth $188 million…. And if he leaves to sign elsewhere, Butler would easily garner max contract consideration of four years worth $140 million.
In other words, Butler would have given up the chance to earn around $40 million if he signed the extension. He did the smart thing by saying no.
So, it may boil down to money issues.
If the T’Wolves think that they have a shot at Butler sticking around, they may not make a move and hope to re-sign him next summer. On the other hand, if they are less confident, they may want to do a trade now and get what they can for Butler rather than see him walk.
So would the T’Wolves talk with the Sixers? The Sixers have some very nice assets to talk about. Not Simmons, Embiid, or Fultz. And most likely not Dario either. But RoCo? RoCo is a great defender, with a 3 shot that can be dangerous. He also has an attractive contract. Butler would essentially be a RoCo upgrade, so the Sixers would probably have to throw in something more. The 2021 Heat first round pick?
That looks pretty interesting. And it might appeal to the T’Wolves. RoCo’s play compliments Wiggins pretty well, and that pick would convey just when the one and done rule is out the window. It looks already like 2021 will be a strong draft, and the Heat pick may go high.
Would you do the deal if you were the Sixers GM? Hmmm … I would be seriously tempted, even if Butler would come with a big price tag. Th e starting line up – Simmons, Fultz, Butler, Daric, Embiid. That is pretty high powered. JJ goes to the bench, where he teams up with TJ, and Chandler, etc. That also looks not so shabby.
Hmmm … something to consider.