The Minnesota Timberwolves thought they could just throw money at the problem and everything would work itself out. Clearly, they underestimated Jimmy Butler’s resolve.
According to reports, the All-Star guard recently rejected a four-year contract extension worth roughly $110 million. If Butler is able to stay healthy and play up to his potential, he has a chance to sign a bigger deal than that in 2019. That being said, it makes sense he would reject the offer.
However, there’s also the fact that, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler is “frustrated with nonchalant attitudes of younger teammates” in Minnesota. And if the four-time All-Star is fed up with his situation and ready to take his talents elsewhere, it should come as no surprise that oddsmakers have added their two cents.
Which team will Butler be on come the first game of the 2018–19 NBA season? Here’s what Vegas thinks.
3. Brooklyn Nets (+600)
The Brooklyn Nets have been making moves lately. Not moves that will make the club a championship contender anytime soon, but moves nonetheless. The organization bought out Dwight Howard, acquired Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur — among other assets — from the Denver Nuggets, and shipped veteran point guard Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks. Making a play for a superstar like Butler feels like a natural step for the Nets. Right?
2. New York Knicks (+450)
Things are looking promising as of late for the New York Knicks. There’s optimism surrounding Kristaps Porzingis’ recovery from a torn ACL (he could be ready to go around Christmas time) and first-round pick Kevin Knox (selected No. 9 overall out of Kentucky) has flashed superstar abilities during the NBA summer league, wowing fans with his silky smooth jumper and at least one to two thunderous dunks a night. Imagine what new head coach David Fizdale could do with Butler added to the folk. The Knicks would definitely improve on the 29-53 mark from the year before.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves (-150)
Butler might not want to be in Minnesota anymore, but the organization is under no obligation to get rid of him. In fact, coming off a 47-35 season and trip to the postseason and featuring a youthful roster headlined by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the organization might be perfectly content staying the course. It’s not as if the T-Wolves would be the first team in history to give in to the demands of a disgruntled superstar.
Other teams to watch:
- Los Angeles Lakers (+1000)
- Los Angeles Clippers (+1000)
- Philadelphia 76ers (+1000)
- Denver Nuggets (+1000)
- Indiana Pacers (+1200)
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