Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has clearly expressed his complaints with the Timberwolves organization throughout the entire offseason and has recently asked to be traded from the team. Reports have said that Butler did not like the lack of motivation and work ethic of his teammates, especially All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Shortly after Butler made his intentions of being traded known, the Timberwolves signed Towns to a huge 5 year, 190 million dollar extension. A deal with the Miami Heat almost happened last week, but the proposal fell apart after the Timberwolves asked for too many assets in return from the Heat. With the NBA season approaching in less than two weeks, here are five teams that could possibly land the All-Start shooting guard in the midst of his prime:
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have a bunch of young talent with no true star and desperately need a player like Butler on their team. After recently having three all-stars on their team in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers are now seen as a lottery team. Adding a star like Butler would give the Clippers a real chance at making the playoffs and attracting other talent from the league. The Clippers are reportedly not willing to lose Tobias Harris, but they could still ship young players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Montrezl Harrell as well as a couple of first round draft picks for Butler.
For the Bucks to have a real chance of competing with the Celtics and 76ers in the Eastern Conference, they need another star to help out Giannis Antetokounmpo. Adding Butler to the Bucks would create one of the deadliest duos in the league. The Bucks have plenty of players that they could ship to the Timberwolves such as Malcom Brogdon, Tony Snell, and John Henson. The Timberwolves would have more depth to their roster, and the Bucks would have the other star that they so desperately need to have a chance of reaching the NBA Finals.
With LeBron James gone from the Cavs organization again, the Cavs need an elite guard to help complement all-star forward Kevin Love. The Cavs could become legit competitors in the Eastern Conference with Butler and Love putting up big numbers on a consistent basis. The Cavs could send promising players like Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Korver, and Sam Dekker to free up space for Butler. A starting five of rookie Collin Sexton, Butler, Cedi Osman, Love, and Tristian Thompson would be a good look for the Cavs and could lead to other talent coming to the Land during a potentially absurd 2019 free agency period.
The Kings are loaded with young players and potential, but they have hardly any veterans that can help the team thrive. Adding an experienced star like Butler could provide a mentor for the young players while also serving as their franchise player. The Kings could send plenty of draft picks and young players like Justin Jackson, Harry Giles, and Bogdan Bogdanovic that could add depth and value to the Timberwolves. A backcourt of De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, and Butler paired up with bigs Zach Randolph and Marvin Bagley III could create a lot of noise in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James has proven that he can carry a team by himself through the Eastern Conference, but the Western Conference is a completely different beast. In order for James to reach his ninth straight NBA Finals, he needs another All-Star on his team to help him out. With the Lakers’ depth at shooting guard being somewhat weak, adding Butler to that team would make their starting five very strong. The Lakers could send players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ivica Zubac as well as a second-round draft pick to the Timberwolves for Butler. If Butler stays committed to the Lakers and the rumors of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant joining the Lakers in 2019 come to reality, this era for the Lakers could possibly surpass the Showtime Lakers of the 1980’s and the Kobe Bryant dynasty in championships and overall success.