Clippers might not pursue Butler this summer

Jimmy Butler may not be pursued by the Clippers when he hits free agency this summer.

Despite being mentioned as a potential landing spot this summer for Jimmy Butler for months, the Los Angeles Clippers may not be interested.

Sam Amick of The Athletic reports the Clippers may not pursue the All-Star swingman of the Philadelphia 76ers, not seeing him as a top-tier target any longer.

The Clippers dealt forward Tobias Harris to the 76ers in a deadline deal in part to create the ability to land two max-contract level players this summer. Reports have Los Angeles eyeing Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard and even if one or both sign elsewhere, other star players would be prioritized over Butler.

Butler is headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer and there is no guarantee Philadelphia will offer maximum-salary deals to both Harris and Butler, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, who adds both Butler and Harris will receive max offers should they decide to look outside of Philadelphia.

Los Angeles is projected to have $53.19 million in salary-cap space this summer, just shy of two projected max-salary spots. However, Amick reports the team’s braintrust has a plan in place to open two max-deal slots.

1 Comment on "Clippers might not pursue Butler this summer"

  1. I tend to agree, I don’t think Jimmy Butler is worth a max deal and I still don’t think he fits on Philly’s roster, even after the trades they have made.

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