Source – The Raptors could be looking to trade for another star player.
Toronto has shown interest in dealing for disgruntled Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, according to a report from Minnesota station 5 Eyewitness News. Minnesota has told at least one team it believes it can receive a “good player back” in return for Butler, the report says.
The Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, from the Spurs earlier this offseason in exchange for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan.
Butler reportedly requested a trade out of Minnesota last week. He could become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his player option for 2019-20.
The Cavaliers have also inquired about Butler, according to an earlier report from ESPN. He reportedly told the Timberwolves he preferred to be dealt to either the Nets, Clippers or Knicks.
Delon Wright is a good player and all accounts point to his name being apart of the discussions, which are ongoing from Minnesota’s brass and Masai Ujuri. With the likes of FVV, Danny Green, Kawhi, OG, and Lowry, adding Butler to this mix makes Delon Wright and Norm Powell expendable.
Only shitty part is the length of Butler’s contract and his love for the bright lights. Toronto’s lights are bright but are they bright enough is the question. We wonder if Andrew Wiggins being Canadian would have anything to do with Butler not wanted to stay. Who knows.
Should the Raps deal from their strength and add Butler to the mix for potentially only one season? This move would make them scary good this season and if Kawhi and Butler both walk, it gives them a ton of money to throw at lifelong Raptors fan Kevin Durant.
One thing we do know, Jimmy is always second place, Geoffrey was the best Butler of all-time —-> proof