2. New York Knicks
It’s unclear if the Knicks would settle for Jimmy Butler. By now, we are all aware they have their sights set on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But if they only get one of them, Butler makes a whole lot of sense. He is friends with Irving and has a style that would mesh well with Durant’s. Butler is a player who shines the brightest when the lights are doing the same. There would be no shortage of big moments on the way in Madison Square Garden with Durant or Irving.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
If Kawhi Leonard takes his talents to the Clippers, like the rumors say, Butler should not be far behind him. There were rumors back in September that both Leonard and Butler looked at the Clippers as their preferred destination. They already have a dangerous playoff team in the West. Adding two of the best two-way players in the NBA would insert them into the discussion amongst the top three teams in the league. If Butler can accept being the number two to Leonard, this decision shouldn’t take more than a few summer days to make. Unlike the other stars Butler has played with, Leonard’s game would actually result in him excelling as a Scottie Pippen-type.