BetOnline Prop: Has Jimmy Butler Played Last Game with Timberwolves?

Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:28 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018 11:28 PM UTC

NBA free agency is over for the most part, but that doesn’t mean we are done seeing player movement. BetOnline has a prop on Jimmy Butler’s future with the Timberwolves.

<p>Wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn down a $100 million contract? I feel confident in saying that I will never get that chance -- although, SBR, I’m willing to negotiate and waive my no-trade clause! Over the weekend, news broke that Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler turned down a four-year extension worth $100 million.</p><p>Frankly, this was a no-brainer move because Butler could make a ton more as a free agent next offseason. He just risks potential injury and not getting a mega-offer like that. But if Butler plays like he did in 2017-18, his first with the Wolves following a trade with the Bulls, then he’ll have no trouble getting the max. The 28-year-old guard averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season and played his usual excellent defense. Butler did miss 17 games with a right knee injury that required surgery on his meniscus, so there is potential risk. Plus, you know that Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to play him way too many minutes because that’s what Thibs does.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Jimmy Butler liked a comment saying he and Kyrie should come to the Knicks next summer. 👀 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 12, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Thanks in large part to Butler, Minnesota finished 47-35 last season, its best record since 2003-04, which had been the last time the team made the postseason. The Wolves went out meekly in the first round of the playoffs in April, falling in five games to Houston.</p><p><a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline offers a prop</a> on where Butler will be playing for the first game of the 2018-19 season and Minnesota is the -150 favorite, and it should be favored. The reason the site is putting out this prop is because of reports that Butler isn’t happy with the team, specifically “fed up” with young superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns and his “nonchalant attitude.” Butler did call out his team’s lack of commitment to defense at various points throughout the 2017-18 season. Towns is eligible for a max extension now and he’s going to get it even though he largely disappeared in the playoffs, averaging just 15.2 points.</p><p>In addition, there has been talk that Butler and Kyrie Irving want to team up next offseason when Irving is also set to become a free agent. I doubt Irving will want to go to Minnesota, which surely couldn’t afford him anyways with Towns and Andrew Wiggins on massive contracts and then presuming Butler also gets one if he stays. The hot rumor is both will sign with the Knicks to form a potential East super-team alongside Kristaps Porzingis (and perhaps good-looking rookie Kevin Knox). Irving grew up outside of New York in West Orange, New Jersey. He already has turned down an extension with the Celtics.</p><p>As you can see above, Butler recently liked an Instagram comment saying he and Irving should go to the Knicks next summer. New York is a +450 second-favorite on this prop to be Butler’s team for his first game of next season. I’m not really sure what the Knicks would have to offer the Wolves in a potential trade. Porzingis isn’t going anywhere and is going to miss a large part of the 2018-19 season off a torn ACL. The Brooklyn Nets are poised to have a ton of cap space next offseason and are +600 on this prop, but they likely have nothing that would interest the Wolves via trade this summer.</p><p>The remaining teams on this <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline prop </a>are the Lakers (+1000), Clippers (+1000), 76ers (+1000), Nuggets (+1000), Pacers (+1200), Spurs (+1600 – trade for Kawhi Leonard?), Celtics (+1600), Bulls (+2000) and Warriors (+2500). If Golden State somehow got Butler and didn’t have to give up one of its All-Stars, I wouldn’t even bother watching the NBA this season as it would be so unfair. The Dubs already are massive favorites on the <a href="" rel="nofollow">NBA futures</a> to win another title.</p><p>I think Butler stays put, although a midseason trade is possible.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Timberwolves</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2>
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