By Rob Wolkenbrod
If Jimmy Butler wants off the Minnesota Timberwolves, should the New York Knicks swoop in?
The 2018-19 NBA season remains one month away, and the focus has already shifted towards 2019. Kyrie Irving already sits as a top target for the New York Knicks in July’s free agency, but he will hardly be the only big name on the open market.
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard are the among the other players set to hit free agency, any of whom can fit into New York’s salary cap, with an expected $30 million-plus available.
Then there’s Jimmy Butler, who has one year left on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Business Insider already reported the Knicks as a potential landing spot for him next summer, but the latest news might gradually stir the pot more.
According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler will meet with Timberwolves executives Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden on Monday to “have honest conversations” about his future with the organization.
For this to occur weeks before training camp, it puts Minnesota into an interesting spot. Of course it does not mean a trade will happen, but if Butler does not intend to stay past the 2018-19 season, could a preseason transaction be...