76ers’ Jimmy Butler expected to decline player option, report says

It appears like Jimmy Butler could be preparing to test the free agency waters.

The 76ers guard is expected to decline the player option in his deal with Philadelphia, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. Butler has until June 29th to opt out of the $19.8 million he’s set to receive in the final year of his five-year contract he signed in 2015 as a member of the Bulls.

Butler, 29, would easily become a highly coveted piece should he enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. The four-time All-Star is an elite, two-way wing who averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the 76ers in 2018-19 – after forcing his way out of Minnesota last November.

He elevated his play in the postseason and averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists en route to Philadelphia’s Eastern Conference semifinals appearance. But the 76ers ultimately lost to the Raptors in seven games. Butler’s leadership and composure in the clutch was essential to their playoff push, though.

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