Should the Sacramento Kings trade for Jimmy Butler?

May 30, 2024, 11:40 AM | Updated: 1:44 pm

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket in the third quarter against the Sacramento...

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With all but three teams having started their 2024 NBA Offseason, mock trades/drafts and plenty of rumors continue to fly. Bleacher Report released an article with mock trades for every team, where the Sacramento Kings acquired Jimmy Butler from the Miami Heat.

On Thursday, Allen Stiles and Chris Watkins laid out the mock deal on Stiles & Watkins and provided their opinions. What is a 34-year-old Butler worth, given that he has a player option after the 2024-25 season?

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Jimmy Butler | Miami Heat | SG/SF | Age: 34 | 2024-25 salary: $48.8 million

The 2023-24 Kings were a team of nice guys. There’s nothing wrong with that — and it’s certainly better than a bunch of questionable personalities on a roster– but they could’ve benefited from having a bit more ferocity, toughness, and fight on the floor when push came to shove.

While Jimmy Butler may be a nice guy off the court, he’s a different beast between the lines… and he just so happens to possess a size and skillset that could benefit Sacramento. He also knows what it takes to win at the highest level, having led a team to the NBA Finals as the best player twice, most recently last season.

It just so happens that the King’s roster lacks that. He’s a high-caliber player with the accolades to prove it.

  • 6x All-Star
  • 5x All-NBA
  • 1x All-NBA Second Team (2022-23)
  • 5x All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2014-15 Most Improved Player
  • 2020-21 Steals Leader
  • 1x All-Time Post-Practice Interview

When is the next NBA off-season date of interest?

The NBA Draft is now a two-night event.

Wednesday, June 26th, will act as the first night of the 2024 NBA Draft, where the Sacramento Kings will make their first-round selection (13th). The second round of the draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th, where the Kings will use its 45th overall pick.

Sacramento hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2022, when it selected Iowa product Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick.

Stay locked into Sactown Sports for all of your Kings draft coverage, including player profiles, reports regarding pre-draft workouts, draft night coverage, and much more.

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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