Show of hands if you had these teams on your Jimmy Buckets shortlist.
Yep, thought so.
As if Jimmy Butler's bombshell trade request from Minnesota wasn't spicy enough, we've seen a cascade of stories in the chaotic aftermath that have thrown us for a serious loop. Seriously, feast your eyes on this hot fire from ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealing the three teams Butler reportedly prefers as trade destinations
Minnesota's Jimmy Butler has three preferred destinations for a trade, league sources tell ESPN: The Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. Those three teams have max cap space to sign Butler as a free agent in July.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 19, 2018
Wow. Really?? THOSE are the three?
The Nets finally have draft picks again and are a team modestly on the rise. But there's no obvioushypothetical second option for the long term, as D'Angelo Russell is still awfully young and an unfortunate injury risk. The Clippers? Please. Unless Kawhi Leonard comes too, the team's ceiling is the No. 8 seed, as the West just keeps getting better. The Knicks are intriguing, as they figure to be major players in free agency in the coming years. But with rumors that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aretheir most-favoredtargets , are they going to blow a max contract on a guy like Butler, who won't move the needle in terms of excitement at a place like MSG? That would be a massive leap of faith.
All told, this is a situation in which the more we know, the less we know. Jimmy Buckets is famously surly, and could change his mind on a dime as soon as the dust settles, to say nothing of emotions.
Get strapped in, NBA fans.