Well, it’s finally over, Jimmy Butler is out of Minnesota. Although it’s a little sad that the Wolves and Butler couldn’t work things out both sides will be extremely grateful that this saga is over. Now they can move on a concentrate on winning games.
The 76ers got a top 20 player to combine with Embiid and Simmons and the Wolves got some great shooters to compliment Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins and D-Rose. It looks as though the best was made out of a bad situation which is all you can ask for.
The 76ers do have a big potential problem next summer. Butler will be a free agent in 2019 and many reports are saying that he will not sign an extension with the 76ers as he wants to assess the situation in 7-8 months time.
According to Jeff Siegel, Jimmy Butler:
Butler theoretically could sign a contract extension with the 76ers before hitting free agency on July 1. However, the NBA’s most recent collective bargaining agreement greatly impacted veteran extensions, so what are the chances Butler doesn’t make it to July as a free agent, without a newly inked contract with the 76ers? The answer, unfortunately for Philadelphia, is almost zero, for the same financial reasons Butler was uninterested in the maximum extension Minnesota offered him a few months ago.
Butler is eligible to sign an extension with the 76ers at any point between now and June 30, the day before he would become an unrestricted free agent, and while the new CBA does allow for a more flexible extension system than previously, it won’t be nearly enough to persuade Butler to sign.
An extension for Butler can begin at only 120% of what he’s currently making, which tops him out at a four-year extension worth a grand total of $110 million.
Butler can get a lot more money if he waits to become a free agent and so there isn’t much point in Philadelphia offering an extension. An extension can get Butler $110 million over 4 years. As a free agent, he could get around $190 million over 5 years. That’s an average of $10.5 million more a year from free agency.
Minnesota Timberwolves rejected 5 offers for Jimmy Butler before they sent him to Philadelphia.
The best case for the Sixers will be if they can play in the NBA Finals and if Kyrie Irving and Boston Celtics lose very early in the NBA Playoffs. With that being said, they can create a superteam next summer.
Whether or not the 76ers offer that to him remains to be seen. Let’s see how Butler fits in with Simmons and Embiid who won’t have the floor space given to them by Saric and Covington. A starting lineup of Fultz, Redick, Butler, Simmons and Embiid does sound pretty good though.