The Knicks, much like the Clippers and Nets, also have enough cap space to bring in a top-tier free agent, but what separates NY from LA and Brooklyn is its All-Star talent in Porzingis - a rising 23-year-old star who's years away from his prime.
With NBA training camps set to open up in a number of days, All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is trying to force his way out of Minnesota and has requested a trade from the Timberwolves. ESPN's Adiran Wojnarowski reported that Butler is "most determined to find a way" to the Clippers. However, basketball is a land of contrasts, so there are also a whole lot of reasons that teams shouldn't go for broke and try to bring in a 29-year-old on the final year of their contract and a whole lot of miles on their wheels.
This makes sense considering what we've heard about Leonard and his team desires recently.
CON: If the Nets have a shot at Butler next summer, why make a move for him now? But the Clippers should ask the same question as the NY teams: What's the rush?
Irving, who will be a highly sought-after free agent next summer, will be considering his options next summer. However, it's unclear whether Irving is even seriously considering leaving Boston.
If Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor somehow feels he must force Thibodeau into trading Butler for unready young players and picks, that would signal Taylor has lost faith in Thibodeau running the team.
Jimmy Butler has decided he'd like to play elsewhere.
But the chances of both players joining the Clippers appears less likely. They can also have younger, developing talents like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson and Tyrone Wallace, but it remains to be seen if L.A. would part with these players. But an injury to Butler and some in-fighting limited the Wolves and the fell to an eighth seed in the Western Conference.