Don’t expect the Knicks to trade for Jimmy Butler
With the Minnesota Timberwolves looking to trade star forward Jimmy Butler and the New York Knicks immediately being linked to him, we can only wonder if they’ll pull the trigger on a move.
Bovada has now come out with updated odds on where Butler will land. Keith Smith of Real GM posted them on Twitter. Check them out below.
Updated odds on where Jimmy Butler will play on Opening Night per @BovadaOfficial:
Heat – 6/5
Timberwolves – 9/5
Clippers – 4/1
Knicks – 15/2
Nets – 8/1
76ers – 20/1
Celtics – 25/1
Lakers – 25/1
Warriors – 40/1
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 26, 2018
With a new report out that Butler would prefer a trade to the Miami Heat, they hold he best odds right now.
The team with the worst odds is he Golden State Warriors, which makes sense, since they’re not going to trade anyone given the fact that they don’t need Butler.
And as you can see the Knicks are somewhat in the middle and fourth on the list behind the Los Angeles Clippers, Wolves and the Heat.
The Suns didn’t make the list, but they’ll likely be on the next one given the fact that there is a report out that they’re interested in Butler.
Wolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau made it clear that they will look into moving Butler.
“Our reality is that he has requested a trade, so we’ll honor that,” Thibodeau CBS Sports. “But we’re not just going to make any deal. … Our conversations (between Butler and Thibodeau) will remain private. He requested a trade and we’re going to honor his request. But we’re not going to do anything that’s bad for the Timberwolves. We’re going to do what’s good for the Timberwolves. We have to prioritize that. That’s what our job is.”
When it comes to Butler’s chances of landing in New York, I don’t see it happening due to the fact that the Knicks don’t have any great assets. Unless they’re willing to trade Kevin Knox and/or Frank Ntilikina. But we don’t even know if Minnesota would want those guys.
Trading Ntilikina and/or Knox would be a mistake because adding Butler wouldn’t make them a title contender.
Comment below and tell us where you think Butler will end up.
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