The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly not interested in signing small forward Jimmy Butler this summer, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times.
Butler becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Clippers have cap space to sign not one, but two max contract players this summer.
It’s believed the Clippers are saving their two max slots for Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant.
On @TheHerd with @ColinCowherd today talking about the Lakers and Clippers and the off-season plans for both. pic.twitter.com/pysBztszLy
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 24, 2019
Butler averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sixers this season. The four-time All-Star shot 46.2 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Butler played well for the Sixers in the playoffs. He put up 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists. The Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round in seven games.
The Clippers made the postseason in 2018-19 despite not having a single All-Star on the roster. It’s why many believe the Clippers will be a title contender next season if they are able to land Leonard and Durant. Butler is a good player, but he’s not on the level of Leonard and KD. Jimmy is looking to sign a max contract this summer. He requested a trade from the Timberwolves mostly because Minnesota didn’t offer him one last offseason.