With the news now out that Jimmy Butler is looking to be traded away from the Minnesota Timberwolves, we now have to look at where he will fit in best next year.
Jimmy Butler has finally done it. He’s gotten fed up with what Tom Thibodeau is doing to the Timberwolves. The team looked like it would be one that could potentially challenge for a deep postseason run last year, but barely made the playoffs and was subsequently sent home in the first round by the Houston Rockets.
Since he couldn’t possibly play Butler for more minutes, Thibodeau did what he thought would be smart, and bring back all the good players from his glory-day Bulls. That includes Luol Deng who played just one game last year with the Lakers. Now, Butler no longer wants to be a part of that and has requested a trade. These teams are the best fits for him.
5. Dallas Mavericks
Replacing Harrison Barnes with Butler would be a dream come true for the Maverick but a deal for Butler would probably mean sending out Dennis Smith Jr. and a pick. Since DeAndre Jordan is only signed for one year, they would have the ability to re-sign Butler once he hits free agency. It is an ideal situation for the Mavericks who could truly benefit from having a veteran presence around Luca Doncic.
Doncic, despite his European accomplishments, is entering his rookie year in the NBA. They still need somebody to help guide them through the ups and downs of the NBA season, especially playing in a crowded Western Conference where it will be tough to win. Butler just struggled through competing for a Western Conference playoff spot, so he will know exactly what he is talking about when working with the young bucks. However, this could be just the reason Butler doesn’t work in Dallas.
The situation is very similar to the one which he just found himself in. Competing in the West wasn’t desirable last year, and with LeBron James joining the fray, it isn’t about to get any more fun.
However, the possibility of Butler in Dallas is too enticing to not talk about. A starting lineup of Luca Doncic, Wes Matthews, Jimmy Butler, Dirk Nowitzki, and DeAndre Jordan would be very fun to watch. They would have Doncic to drive, Jordan to rebound, and a host of shooters on the perimeter. The Mavericks would enjoy Butler this year and beyond.