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New Reports Have Pushed the Heat as the Fave to Land Jimmy Butler

NBA Jimmy Butler Trade Odds September 19

As more updates come down the pipeline on the Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota, new reports are indicating that Butler would prefer to play this upcoming NBA season in Miami, which has placed the Heat as the new favorite to land the four-time all-star. 

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Miami Heat at the top of their oddsboard at EVEN odds followed by the Minnesota Timberwolves at +210, Los Angeles Clippers at +400, New York Knicks at +750 and Brooklyn Nets at +800 to round out the top five.

Why are the Heat Favored?

This is now the fourth team to be “favored” to land Butler via trade over the past week so pardon the skepticism of thinking the Heat are legit suitors. Reports from Marc Stein with the New York Times have indicated Jimmy Buckets’ intentions on going to South Beach and based on the Heat’s roster, they do have some interesting pieces they could send back to the Timberwolves that hover in the $6-million to $14-million range that can match Butler’s salary. Jimmy is also tight with Dwyane Wade and like many NBA players, Miami weather is a nice draw, especially if you just spent a year playing in cold Minnesota.

At this stage, your guess is as good as mine for where Butler will play this upcoming season but given the fact that T-Wolves ownership is involved, the writing is on the wall that he will be moved sooner rather than later.  

Where do you think Jimmy Butler will play next season? Have your say in the comment section.

Where Will Jimmy Butler Play for Game 1 of the 2018-19 NBA Season?
Miami HeatEVEN
Minnesota Timberwolves+210
Los Angeles Clippers+400
New York Knicks+750
Brooklyn Nets+800
Toronto Raptors+850
Philadelphia 76ers+2000
Los Angeles Lakers+2500
Boston Celtics+2500
Golden State Warriors+4000

Odds as of September 26 at Bovada

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The ongoing drama of Jimmy Butler and where he will suit up at the start of the 2018-19 NBA season has taken another turn with the Minnesota Timberwolves back to being the favorite to keep their all-star for the time being.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has updated its odds to reflect new reports from ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski that the Timberwolves intend to keep the four-time all-star, which is why their odds have since jumped to -200. 

Behind Minnesota is the Los Angeles Clippers at +200 followed by the Brooklyn Nets at +900, the Boston Celtics at +1000, the Philadelphia 76ers at +1400 and the Los Angeles Lakers at +1600 to round out the top five.

At this point, with so many conflicting reports and more news coming down the pipeline each day, it’s hard to cap this prop. I expect more news to develop over the weekend and expect that if the Timberwolves do not get an attractive package with assets to help them contend, they will not move Jimmy Buckets until absolutely necessary, which may not happen until closer to the trade deadline.  

Where do you think Jimmy Butler will play next season? Have your say in the comment section.

Where Will Jimmy Butler Play for Game 1 of the 2018-19 NBA Season?
Minnesota Timberwolves-200
Los Angeles Clippers+200
Brooklyn Nets +900
Boston Celtics+1000
Philadephia 76ers+1400
Los Angeles Lakers+1600
New York Knicks+1600
San Antonio Spurs+1800
Indiana Pacers+2000
Chicago Bulls+3300
Golden State Warriors+3300
Toronto Raptors+3300

Odds as of September 21 at BetOnline

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Well, that didn’t take long. As more news comes out about the drama in Minnesota and the intentions of Jimmy Butler and where he would like to play next season, oddsmakers have updated their board with the Los Angeles Clippers as the new +150 favorite to land him via trade.

Shortly after I published the article below yesterday that Butler’s three preferred teams were the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks, a subsequent report from ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski came out to reveal that Butler wants to go to the Clippers. 

If you had read my article yesterday and got your wagers in on the Clip-Show, you got to take advantage of the +350 odds, which have since dropped to +150 at BetOnline. I still think that’s decent value as the Clippers have the pieces and draft capital to land a star like Butler and would have the salary cap space in the summer of 2019 to add another superstar talent (Kawhi??!).

That being said, many more teams have been added to the oddsboard as this situation looks to be irreconcilable and the T-Wolves will need to move fast to get the best assets available to them via trade.

Where do you think Jimmy Buckets will play next season? Have your say in the comment section.

Where Will Jimmy Butler Play for Game 1 of the 2018-19 NBA Season?
Los Angeles Clippers+150
Minnesota Timberwolves+200
Brooklyn Nets +700
Los Angeles Lakers+800
New York Knicks+1000
Boston Celtics+1000
Philadelphia 76ers+1400
Indiana Pacers+1400
San Antonio Spurs+1400
Toronto Raptors+1800
Chicago Bulls+2500
Golden State Warriors+3300
Denver Nuggets+3300

Odds as of September 20 at BetOnline

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The Jimmy Butler experiment in Minnesota seems to be all but over. The four-time NBA all-star has reportedly let Timberwolves ownership know he wishes to play somewhere else, which has put the team in a bit of a bind to trade him prior to the season starting.

Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds on where Jimmy Butler will suit up for the first game of the 2018-19 NBA season with the Timberwolves as the +150 favorite.

The next three teams on the list are franchises that, according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler would be open to signing an extension with – the Brooklyn Nets (+300), the Los Angeles Clippers (+350) and the New York Knicks (+375).

Since it seems likely he will be dealt sooner rather than later, let’s break down the odds for those three teams and if it would be worth it to acquire Jimmy Buckets.

Brooklyn Nets

After finally climbing out of the four-year hole known as the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade, the Nets are in a position to climb out of the basement of the Eastern Conference and actually be worth watching again. But I’m not sure if Brooklyn has the type of assets that the Timberwolves would want when they know they could probably get a better deal elsewhere. Outside of D’Angelo Russell, the Nets are devoid of talent and after tying up their draft picks for four years trying to swing for the fences with the Pierce-Garnett trade, I can’t envision ownership allowing future assets to be dealt. Thumbs down!

Los Angeles Clippers

Out of the three teams, this is the one I think has the best chance to swing a trade for Butler. The Clippers have a lot of young pieces like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson and Sam Dekker who could be of interest to a T-Wolves squad looking to reload. Clippers ownership is dying to obtain another star after trading Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and Jimmy Buckets would fit perfectly for a team that doesn’t have a ton of high-end talent at forward. At +350, this is where I would lay my money.

New York Knicks

I kind of felt bad for the Knicks when Butler said that they were one of the three teams he’d be open to signing an extension with because it would be such a Knicks move to trade away their future for an all-star. New York looks like it struck gold with rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson and still has Kristaps Porzingis, who should be fully recovered from an ACL tear by next season.

Reports have come out over the summer that Butler and Kyrie Irving wanted to sign in the Big Apple in the 2019 offseason so if there’s any truth to that, why give up future assets? I know we saw the Lakers get burned by Paul George when he was expected to opt out from OKC and go west but that seemed more like an anomaly than the rule. At +375, this bet isn’t worth the risk.

Where Will Jimmy Butler Play for Game 1 of the 2018-19 NBA Season
Minnesota Timberwolves+150
Brooklyn Nets+300
Los Angeles Clippers+350
New York Knicks+375
Philadelphia 76ers+800
Los Angeles Lakers+900
Boston Celtics+1100
Golden State Warriors+3300

Odds as of September 19 at Bovada