Woj: Jimmy Butler Expected to Meet with Heat
It doesn't look like we will have Jimmy Butler's free agent answer on Sunday when NBA free agency opens at 6 p.m.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, citing sources, Butler plans to meet with the Miami Heat on Sunday after free agency opens and the Rockets in the following days.
While Butler does plan to meet with the Sixers, who can still offer the most years and money, up to five-years and $190 million to keep him, he will see what offers he can get from the Heat and Rockets who can offer four-years and $141 million.
While the Sixers remain “fully focused” on trying to re-sign Butler, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic, they have not ruled out a sign-and-trade with Miami and Houston.
When Jimmy Butler and the 76ers meet this weekend, one factor that will hold critical importance: The fifth year on Philadelphia’s contract offer, league sources have said. Rival teams interested in the All-Star believe that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, will prioritize the fifth year. Could the lack of one open Butler up to further meetings on the market? The 76ers remain fully focused on trying to re-sign both Butler and Tobias Harris.