Jimmy Butler has the freedom he’s always coveted. And as he prepares to hit the open market July 1, he knows he’s about to be paid.
“Technically, I think, knock on wood, I will get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” the four-time All-Star said, according to Philly.com. “So if you are talking a four-year, five-year, that is more than enough money anyway. I think I still have more than enough money now from my first deal.”
Butler, acquired in November by the Philadelphia 76ers along with the since-waived Justin Patton for two starters, Robert Covington and Dario Saric, along with Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick, averaged 19.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists in a dozen playoff games for the Sixers this season.
The 29-year-old swingman is eligible to be offered a five-year contract for $188 million by Philadelphia. Fellow starter Tobias Harris, acquired at the Feb. 7 trade deadline from the Los Angeles Clippers, is also set to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Butler expressed nothing but appreciation for Philadelphia and the 76ers’ fan base.
“As long as you play hard, the city loves you; and give your all, that is all they ask of you,” Butler said. “It has definitely been fun to meet and interact with the fans and the people in the organization and absolutely everybody is amazing.”