Jimmy Butler requests trade; Nets on short list


Butler made the request Tuesday in a much-anticipated meeting in Los Angeles with Wolves' coach Tom Thibodeau. Butler didn't have LeBron on his list of teams he'd like to be traded to. For value purposes, the Clippers might actually form the best odds at 9/1, as the team employs an interesting assortment of trade assets in conjunction with the obvious allure of Los Angeles.

Butler turned down a relatively modest 4-year, $110 million contract extension offer from the team this summer.

Now, Wojnarowski has provided us with another crucial piece of information.

They are in a similar position to NY where they have a max-contract slot available to them in 2019 for the free agency market.

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But the chances of both players joining the Clippers appears less likely. The Clippers can offer any number of combinations to make the salaries work out, with deals revolving around players like Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris, or several others.

Could Irving sign with the Knicks anyway if Butler goes to L.A.?

Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMarcus Cousins are all due for new deals in 2019, and there's reason to believe why the Clippers would pursue each one of them.

With that as the backdrop, the good folks at Bovada.lv already have odds on the board as to where Butler will be when the 2018-19 season begins and that means a good, old-fashioned wagering opportunity. So it should come as no surprise that Leonard's interest in the City of Angels has yet to fade. While both NY and Brooklyn will also have the cap space to sign another star alongside Butler next offseason, it's particularly newsworthy that Los Angeles is apparently the front-runner for Leonard next summer.