With the NBA offseason in full force, several teams are waiting for Kawhi Leonard to find another home. However, lost in the midst of all the madness is the dilemma brewing in Minnesota. After just one season with the Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler is reportedly fed up with co-stars in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. If the All-Star swingman finds himself on the move, these four hypothetical trades could be enough to sway Tom Thibodeau to ship away his favorite player.
4. Philly Completes the Process
Forget about Kawhi Leonard, the Sixers can save themselves future assets by pursuing Jimmy Buckets instead. They'd have to swallow their pride and relinquish Markelle Fultz, which could cause them to hesitate. Nonetheless, an impressive trio of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Butler would put the 76ers on a collision course with the Celtics for the Eastern Conference crown.
3. Knicks Start Free Agency Plans Early
If the Knicks truly want Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler on their roster in 2019, they might want to be ahead of the curve in this scenario. While trading Frank Ntilikina and Tim Hardaway Jr. removes depth from their backcourt, Butler and Irving would clearly form the superior duo. Besides, New York would have months to recruit Butler to stay, which worked for the Thunder with Paul George
2. Jimmy Reunites With Kyrie
It'd cost a ton for Boston to acquire Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the favorites in the Eastern Conference are so close to capturing their first championship since 2008. More importantly, adding the All-Star forward could go a long way to convincing Irving to re-sign in free agency. Losing Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris certainly hurts, yet Butler might be the final piece to their championship puzzle.
1. Spurs and T-Wolves Swap Stars
The Spurs and Timberwolves can kill two birds with one stone, as their disgruntled stars are looking for a new home. Well, with Jimmy Butler expressing his interest in San Antonio, swapping Kawhi Leonard for him makes some sense for both teams. For the Spurs, Gregg Popovich adds another star who can get it done on both ends. Obviously, Minnesota would take a risk by receiving the one-year rental in Leonard, but it definitely alleviates all the chaos in their locker room.