Philadelphia 76ers small forward Jimmy Butler can become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends if he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Sixers, and rival teams believe that Butler will eventually decide to take meetings with interested suitors once free agency begins on July 1, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
Jimmy Butler will decline his 2019-20 player option because he can make more money on the open market. With the news coming out on Friday that Butler had a disrespectful interaction with Sixers head coach Brett Brown, there is reportedly concern in Philadelphia about Butler’s long term future with the franchise.
Butler, 29, can become a free agent this summer, and the organization’s preference has been to re-sign him to an extension. Rival teams believe that Butler will eventually decide to take meetings with interested suitors in July.