Since the 2018 NBA offseason started, rumors and speculations continue to swirl that Jimmy Butler will be parting ways with the Minnesota Timberwolves. After the Timberwolves suffered an early playoff exit, Butler is reportedly frustrated with the work ethic and the approach on the defensive end of his young teammates, specifically Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Butler's decision to decline the contract extension offered by the Timberwolves this offseason heated up the speculations about his departure in the summer of 2019.
Per Spotrac, Jimmy Butler could exercise his player option to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. In the past months, reports have been circulating that the 28-year-old superstar is planning to team up with Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. As of now, the New York Knicks emerged as the top free agency destination for both superstars.
According to Matthew Travis of Fansided's Empire Writes Back, the Knicks may no longer wait for the 2019 NBA free agency to add Jimmy Butler to their team. Travis believes the Knicks may consider trading for Butler if the Timberwolves make him available on the market before the February NBA trade deadline.
"The Knicks have been trying to break through and make the playoffs for years now, and Jimmy Butler could be the player to get them over that hump. With injuries and the lack of talent weighing the Knicks down, the past few years haven't been great. However, a healthy Kristaps Porzingis accompanied by Jimmy Butler would be a duo that would keep opposing teams up at night. However, in order to reel in a player like Jimmy Butler, the Knicks would need to give up quite a bit."