Maybe the Wolves won’t trade Jimmy Butler
On Wednesday I posted the latest odds when it comes to which NBA team has the best chance at acquiring Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Right now though, I wouldn’t bet hon Butler going anywhere, especially to the New York Knicks.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN are reporting that the Wolves’ asking price is way too high right now for any team to make a deal with them.
ESPN Reporting w/ Zach Lowe: Minnesota’s asking price for Jimmy Butler remains too steep for teams. Minny seeks quality vets/top prospects/future assets/cap relief. Too high a price for interested teams, including Miami. Sources are skeptical of Thibodeau’s desire to make deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 27, 2018
As nice as it would be to have a great player like Butler on the Knicks, there’s no way their front office is going to trade off guys like Kristaps Porzings, Kevin Knox and others for Butler. It would put them in the same position they were in with Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks would be a bad team with one star player and no young players to develop for the future.
New York’s odds of landing Butler are 15/2 and I would only expect them to get worse.
The problem for the Wolves is that if they don’t get an offer they like, they will be stuck with Butler who is not happy playing for them right now. It could have a negative impact on their locker room. Especially given the fact that he doesn’t get along with Andrew Wiggins.
Minnesota is in a bad position right now as they look to try and get back to the playoffs for a second straight season.
Comment below and give us your thoughts. Will the Wolves trade Butler? If so, where will he end up?
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