Could Jimmy Butler Be on His Way to Boston?
Boston, MA - It seems like the NBA rumors never stops. After months of speculation that Jimmy Butler has been looking for a way out of the Minnesota Timberwolves organization, these suspicions were confirmed today when it was officially reported by The Atlantic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski that Butler requested a trade from Minnesota. It seems like this is something he has communicated earlier with the front office, too, because he provided the team with a list of potential landing spots that he desired. In short, Butler curated a list of up to three teams with which he would be willing to sign an extension.
In the Boston sports circles, the question popped up almost immediately: could Jimmy Butler be interested in a trade to the Boston Celtics?
Ever since it was speculated that Butler was looking to get out of Minnesota, Boston has been rumored to be in the mix. With all of the valuable assets maintained by Boston, it seems like they're in the mix for almost every trade. However, a trade for Butler is different because the Celtics will not necessarily have the cap space to pursue the elite scorer in the 2019 offseason.
Additionally, if further rumors are true, then it seems like Butler is only interested in trades to the Los Angeles Clippers and to two of the Celtics' rivals, the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. Each of these teams is going to have a lot of cap space when next season rolls around and Butler seems interested in playing in the regions of huge metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles. After all, he did spend a sizable portion of his career in Chicago.
Even if Boston is still somehow in the mix, I don't think Butler makes sense for the current identity of the team. If it was this time last year, I would think that Butler would be an excellent addition to a lineup with Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, and Al Horford. But with the surprise development of young upstarts like Jayson Tatum, Butler would disrupt the flow of the team too much (and it would probably cost far too much to trade for him, too). I say, keep him away!