Woj: Jimmy Butler, Lakers have “mutual interest” in free agency after Davis trade

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Feb 25, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and center Julius Randle (30) at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

As the Los Angeles Lakers shift focus after the blockbuster trade to acquire Anthony Davis, the speculation has been whether the team will attain a third star. Kemba Walker has been deemed a “top target” for the team who most believe does not have a shot at the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

But it appears as though, they may have eyes for another star who could join them this summer. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Jimmy Butler is now giving serious consideration to the Lakers this summer if he cannot come to an agreement on a new contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Butler is one of the best players available on the market and there have been rumblings that he could leave Philadelphia either to find a better situation or to get a longer-term deal if the Sixers do not offer him one. At 29 years old with an extensive injury history, there are some who believe offering him a five or even four-year deal would be too risky.

For his part, Butler has been linked to the Lakers before, perhaps as a leverage ploy to get into the situations he truly desires. He certainly has not been keeping that interest subtle:

Whether Jimmy Butler will actually sign with the Lakers remains to be seen but he, along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, could form the next super team in the NBA.

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