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Mavs could consider trade for Jimmy Butler by deadline

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The Dallas Mavericks have slowly put together a winning roster, adding two outstanding rookies in Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic in the past couple of drafts, recently boosting their chances by reeling in DeAndre Jordan as a free agent. Could the Mavs be adding Jimmy Butler this season, would be a new and fun question to be asked.

Yet the Mavs could get much better by midseason, especially if they choose to target homegrown star Jimmy Butler, especially if he is still stung by his teammates’ “nonchalant attitude” when competing in a tough Western Conference.

Per Dalton Trigg of 247 Sports:

“If Butler, who has a player option for next summer, makes it painfully obvious that he intends to leave in 2019, the Wolves may have to trade him instead of taking the risk of losing him for nothing.”

Butler recently turned down a four-year, $100 million extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves — which is a good move regardless of whether he chooses to stay or go — as he is bound to get a much larger sum as a free agent in 2019.

The Wolves have already committed in large to Andrew Wiggins last season and are looking to do the same with Karl-Anthony Towns. If the attitude from both players remains the same, it’s only a matter of time before an irked Butler seeks his way out of Minnesota, and president/head coach Tom Thibodeau would have to force his own hand to move him or risk his job within the organization.