Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler has already requested a trade with less than a month to go before the start of the regular season in the NBA. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Butler was traded from the Chicago Bulls to Minnesota last offseason.
There has been some rifts between Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins and that is one of the reasons why Jimmy Butler wants out. Some of the destinations that he wants to go to is the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, or the Los Angeles Clippers.
That will most likely not happen. Jimmy Butler averaged 22.2 PPG 5.3 RPG 4.9 APG 0.4 BPG and 2 SPG, in 59 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since he will most likely not get traded to one of those three places, where could Butler get traded to instead?
The first team that comes to mind is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers already signed Lebron James in the offseason. Butler would be a good second player to Lebron, but would Los Angeles be willing to deal any of their young players to Minnesota? If the Timberwolves are not asking for a heavy price, the Los Angeles Lakers should try and make a move.
The second team that comes to mind is the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers do not have a true veteran inside the locker room. Philadelphia is a defensive minded team and Butler would fit that scheme perfectly. He would also be a catch and shoot type player in their offense.
The third team that comes to mind is the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are ready to win a championship this season. Could they possibly trade a Jaylen Brown, a draft pick, and another player for him? Boston already has Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Trading for Jimmy Butler could make the Boston Celtics a serious threat to win it all.
The fourth team that comes to mind is the Oklahoma City Thunder. A trio of Russell Westbrook, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George could work out. They would be very dangerous defensively. Butler would be more of a fit than Carmelo Anthony was last season. Andre Roberson would be moved to the bench.
The fifth team that comes to mind is the Miami Heat. Even though this is Dwyane Wade's final season, the Heat could use another veteran player and they made it to the playoffs last season. Miami could trade Hassan Whiteside and another player for him.
The sixth team that comes to mind is the Milwaukee Bucks. They have a couple of trade able pieces on the roster. Jimmy Butler would be a perfect number two option for Giannis Antetokounmpo and maybe that gets them over the top in the east.