According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler would prefer a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers or New York Knicks. The 29-year old All-Star, who is now slated to become a free agent next summer, can sign a max deal worth four years, $140.6 million.
The Thibodeau-Butler meeting was expected to be a serious conversation on the franchise's fragile state, sources said. And if the Sixers are able to acquire Butler without giving up Markelle Fultz, a core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Fultz, and Butler would certainly work. Along with Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson should headline an extremely talented 2019 free agency class.
This is Butler's last season under contract in Minnesota.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in almost 37 minutes per game last season.
Minnesota's training camp is scheduled to begin September 25, but Butler is reportedly optimistic a deal could be done before camp begins.