Knicks haven’t tried at all to get Jimmy Butler
In recent weeks, the NBA has been focused on news regarding Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and him wanting out of the Twin Cities due to his frustrations over the team’s younger talents. Butler has expressed that he wants to be traded to a team that has max salary cap space. One of the teams that are in the Butler sweepstakes is the New York Knicks.
However, it seems that the Knicks are currently not interested in acquiring Butler right now. As per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Butler has also expressed interest in several teams with max salary-cap space, including the LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. The Clippers and Nets never found traction in conversations with Minnesota, and the Knicks never called, sources said.
It is quite understandable if the Knicks are hesitant to trade for Butler because doing such would almost certainly require them to let go of some young players or future assets, something that the Knicks management is opposed to doing. If the Knicks are really interested in getting Butler, they’d be better off doing this in free agency in July.
Butler moving to the Knicks will surely bring life to the New York market. Add to that the fact that this will make them a more alluring destination for free agents — although Kyrie Irving is no longer part of that prospect after verbally committing long-term to the Boston Celtics. Also, it is hard to find a better coach-player fit than Butler and David Fizdale. If this happens, it would surely mean a major turnaround for the rebuilding Knicks franchise.