Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Before you get confused, no, it is not Friday. Due to the fact we are currently looking for writers, I have switched to Tuesday. With that being said, if you want to apply to write for Mid-American culture, shoot us a message on our twitter! With that out of the way, this week the basketball world was pretty shaken up when Timberwolves superstar, Jimmy Buttler demanded a trade. The world was not surprised that he wanted out, but the candidates he selected were random. Butler narrowed down his trade demands to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and the Los Angelos Clippers. The star guard is very talented. Butler can handle the ball, somewhat shoot, very strong body, and still hustles and plays hard on the defensive end.
The Timberwolves have done everything to try and keep this talented group together. The measures they have taken is partly bringing back the old Chicago team with the head coach, Tom Thibodeau, and former MVP point guard, Derrick Rose. However, if I am not mistaking, Butler did not enjoy his time with Rose. Another factor I see being an issue with Butler is that a very talented and young wing player in Andrew Wiggins could step in and take over at any time. Let’s begin to look at where Butler should go, and why he may have requested to be traded.
The New York Knicks
The picture kind of gives away why I think he is going there. it is no mystery that Kyrie and Butler have some sort of bromance and want to team up. Meeting up in New York would be a no-brainer for this move. Kyrie would not have to be a pre-Madona because he would be the best player on the team, Butler gets somebody to play with, All-star forward, Kristaps Porzingis, would fit perfectly. Also, they have a lot of cap space; therefore, everybody is getting paid. Not to mention, Kevin Knox was selected by the Knicks, and has torn it up in the summer league and looks impressive in the workouts. I see Butler wanting to play in New York was a very Melo-like mindset. Money, atmosphere, and talent; however, I think this would play out the same way. Butler, Irving, Porzingis, and Knox could make a run at the Larry O’Brien but would get swept by the Warriors.
The Brooklyn Nets
Honestly, I have no real clue why he chose the Nets. I mean they could get Kyrie too due to the cap space, but then Kyrie will be presented with the same issue he has in Boston, a young talented backup that could take his spot due to how injury prone he is. The Nets have a pretty talented young core, but I see Butler’s interest in being purely money based. I do not see this move working out, and I do not see them getting higher than the seventh seed in the East.
The Los Angeles Clippers
Another money biased move. There is no way to bring another superstar in; therefore, his supporting cast would be Lou Williams and Tobias Harris. Yes, they are good, but not good enough to get anywhere. They would 100% miss the playoffs.
Where He Should Go
If Butler wants to win, get paid, and have a young core for a long time, Philly is the place. They also would have the atmosphere that he may get from the Knicks. Where Butler would be the most senior starter, it would kind of be his team, but only for a little while. This move would be deadly and could make noise in the NBA.
What do you think? Where is Jimmy Buckets going? Let us know down in the comments! As always thank you for spending apart of your Fri, shit, Tuesday with me. Stay tuned for more fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew.