Rumor: Jimmy Butler likes the Lakers and will sign with them instantly if offered a max contract
Philadelphia 76ers star swingman Jimmy Butler is reportedly interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers. So much so that he’d be willing to sign in the dotted line as soon as he sees the zeroes on his max-level deal, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times.
A recent report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst highlighted that LeBron James had already begun his offseason recruiting, reaching out to stars like Kawhi Leonard and Butler, hoping to get some company next season.
“Jimmy Butler,” Markazi told FS1’s Colin Cowherd without hesitation when asked which players could realistically join the Lakers. “If they can give him a max deal, he would love to play here. The Clippers, from what I’ve been told, do not want to sign him. They think they’re gonna have a big summer. They’re gonna turn a little bit of a corner here, because they think they’re gonna get Kawhi and I think they have a real shot for KD — and if they get those two, my goodness.”
When @ColinCowherd asked me this morning on @TheHerd what star player the Lakers could realistically sign, I didn’t waste any time saying Jimmy Butler. He likes L.A, LeBron James has been in touch with him and he would join the Lakers in a second if they offered him a max deal. pic.twitter.com/wXStzcAFzh
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 24, 2019
Butler also posted a somewhat cryptic “thank you” to the city of Philadelphia and Sixers fans, a shortened version of the farewell he offered to the city of Chicago after he was traded by the Bulls on draft night.
While reading into his Instagram post is mere speculation, there is a bevy of reporters claiming Butler has no allegiances to any team and will look to see who is willing to offer him that massive max contract.
The Sixers can offer as much as $190 million over five years, a huge difference over the four years and $141 million teams like the Lakers could pony up for his services.