The Knicks were never interested in Jimmy Butler
Ever since the news broke that Jimmy Butler wants to be traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New York Knicks have been brought up as a possible landing spot.
In an article from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he mentioned that Butler is interested in playing for the Knicks, but New York never made a call to to Wolves to show interest in the All-Star.
Butler has also expressed interest in several teams with max salary-cap space, including the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. The Clippers and Nets never found traction in conversations with Minnesota, and the Knicks never called, sources said.
This is great news because now we know that the days of the Knicks trading for big name players is over.
The best thing Steve Mills and Scott Perry can do is continue to draft well and develop their young talent as they look to bring in possibly one or two star players next summer via free agency.
There’s no reason for the Knicks to give the Wolves some of their young talent and draft picks for Butler. He’s a good player, but it’s not worth it given the fact that he’s 30 years-old hs coming off of wrist surgery.
If Butler really wants to play for the Knicks, he’ll sign with them when he hits the open market next summer.
For now, the Knicks need to develop guys like Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson and Allonzo Trier.
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