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Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported the three teams on his wish list: the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Clippers. Let's take a look at how he'll look in each of these landing spots.
1. New York Knicks
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If the Knicks could swing a deal for Butler, The Mecca of Basketball would be back in full effect. This would be an interesting move to get him, considering next season is when they have the best chance to do so with loads of cap room. However, if Butler is already on the Knicks roster, more free agents (looking at you, Kyrie Irving) would certainly be willing to follow suit.
2. Brooklyn Nets
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The other team in New York would love to snatch Butler away, but it would take an aggressive move to do so. There’s no guarantee he’d sign with the Nets during the 2019 offseason, but if they make the move now and show him what they’re all about, maybe that would be enough to keep Butler long term.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
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This is the last of the three teams Butler had on his wish list, and this would be very interesting on another level. If Butler ends up going to the less-glamorous side of LA-LA Land, that could force them to be more aggressive in their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard before he hits free agency in 2019. A duo of Butler-Leonard would certainly get that Lakers-Clippers rivalry going.
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