Sixers said to be prepped to offer Butler a max deal

The 76ers are said to be ready to offer Jimmy Butler a max deal this summer.

The Philadelphia 76ers are primed to offer a maximum contract to swingman Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on his latest podcast, as relayed by SixersWire.

“I’ve been talking to some executives this week,” Windhorst said. “And the executives, I think, now believe that the Sixers will. I don’t know about the fifth year, like, full guaranteed, but yeah.”

Philadelphia could extend a five-year offer to Butler for up to $189.7 million, while the rest of the teams in the league could present him with a four-year, $140.6 million contract.

Butler is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract, which calls for him to be paid $19.8 million next season, and become an unrestricted free agent June 30.

After being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in mid-November, Butler averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 55 games for the 76ers. In the playoffs, he upped those numbers to 19.6 points, 6.1 boards and 5.2 dimes.

Butler will be joined by fellow Philadelphia starters Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick on the free-agent market June 30.