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Some of the NBA’s top stars are looking for one-year deals in this year’s free agency as the leagues salary cap will go from $67.1 million in 2015-16 to $89 million in 2016-17.
One of those stars is Jimmy Butler who is seeking a one-year deal from the Lakers. The Bulls are expected to match whatever offer the All-Star gets, but Butler’s heart may just be in LA. Via Daily News:
With Kevin Love opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, thoughts seemed mixed on whether he will seek a one-year deal or a max contract with either Cleveland or the Lakers. Those concerns have less to do with his season-ending left shoulder injury. Instead, they have more to do with Love’s uncertainty with his role with Cleveland and how quickly the Lakers will rebuild.
Lastly, Chicago forward Jimmy Butler hopes to take his talents elsewhere and take advantage of the new television deal after his career year coincided with Tom Thibodeau’s firing and Derrick Rose’s chemistry issues. Although Butler wants to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, according to a league source familiar with his thinking, the Bulls are expected to match any offer for the restricted free agent.