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29 may 2024

Philadelphia 76ers Target Jimmy Butler for Offseason Acquisition

Philadelphia 76ers Target Jimmy Butler for Offseason Acquisition

Philadelphia 76ers Target Jimmy Butler for Offseason Acquisition

The Philadelphia 76ers are targeting a reunion with Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler.

According to sources cited by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the Sixers are ready to offer the 34-year-old a maximum extension if they can acquire him in a trade this offseason.

Butler has one year remaining on his contract with Miami worth $48.7 million, plus a $52.4-million player option for the following year.

He is seeking a two-year extension worth $113 million this offseason and is expected to opt out of his player option, reports Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.

While Butler prefers to remain with the Heat, he could become a free agent after the 2024-25 season and pursue a max contract elsewhere, per Chiang.

Heat president Pat Riley has stated he doesn't want to trade the six-time All-Star but did criticize Butler for trash-talking despite missing Miami's first-round loss to the Boston Celtics due to injury.

Butler is Philadelphia's backup option if they fail to sign Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George in free agency, according to Pompey. George holds a $48-million player option with L.A.

Sixers president Daryl Morey will also need to address a deal with point guard Tyrese Maxey, who is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Philadelphia will have nearly $60 million in cap space and up to five tradable first-round picks by draft night, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Butler played 55 games for Philadelphia during the 2018-19 season, averaging 18.2 points and four assists per game. That team lost to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the second round.

The Sixers finished this season 47-35, placing seventh in the Eastern Conference, despite former MVP Joel Embiid appearing in only 39 regular-season games due to injury.