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As expected, Philadelphia 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Butler, 29, averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 55 games with the Sixers during the regular season, following a November trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Butler has been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. Haynes reported the Lakers “have a genuine interest” in Butler. The Sixers also said to be determined to bring back Butler.
“Knock on wood, I will get a max contract no matter where I go,” Butler said in May. “You always want to be able to win. I think that’s key, for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
Led by Joel Embiid, Butler and Ben Simmons, the Sixers were defeated by the world champion Toronto Raptors in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick all started and each enters unrestricted free agency.