Jimmy Butler will explore his options in free agency.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the four-time All-Star will meet with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets to discuss his future after declining his player option with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Butler was dealt to Philadelphia from Minnesota at the beginning of the season. The team later acquired Tobias Harris in a big push to make a title run. Both players, along with JJ Reddick, are free agents.
While the Sixers would like to keep Butler, they are reportedly open to sign-and-trades. Teams would be able to open up cap space, and the Sixers would get players in return.
Houston has been reportedly looking to trade for Butler, forming a trio of him, James Harden and Chris Paul. The Sixers would likely receive Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, with other teams are interested in getting involved to acquire Clint Capela.
Butler signing with Miami would be a huge step for the franchise post-Dwayne Wade, and would give them need a much needed star.
Butler will be entering his ninth season in the fall. He averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and four assists in 65 games this year.
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