Report: Jimmy Butler is open to the idea of joining LeBron James on the Lakers

Jimmy Butler may be eyeing a move to the Lakers

With the acquisition of LeBron James in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers will soon become an attractive destination for star players once again.

They may have failed to land Paul George to play alongside the King this summer but they expect to pair him with another superstar next year.

The 2019 free agency class is star-studded and several teams across the league are already planning towards it.

The presence of James will make pitches that bit easier for the Lakers if they secure meetings with their targets.

One player who is already reportedly interested in teaming up with LeBron in L.A. is Jimmy Butler.

That's according to Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, who was told by a source close to the player that he won't rule out the possibility.

Butler's future in Minnesota is in real doubt

T-Wolves future

The 28-year-old's future with the Minnesota Timberwolves is up in the air after he refused to sign an extension this summer.

He's definitely expected to hit the open market and explore his options as he's likely to be pursued by a number of teams.

There have been multiple reports this offseason that revealed that Butler was frustrated with some of the T-Wolves' young players and their attitude towards the game.

The four-time All-Star is one of the most competitive players in the league and has never been afraid to call teammates out for not putting the work in both on and off the floor.

Butler reportedly had problems with his young teammates last season

It was one of the reasons why his time with the Chicago Bulls came to an end as he was tough on the team's youngsters.

He was traded to Minnesota last year and he had a hugely positive impact on the franchise despite his reported frustrations.


The shooting guard played a major role in helping them end their long playoff drought.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in his first season with the Timberwolves.

His influence became clear when he suffered a knee injury after the All-Star break and the team fell from the number four spot in the west down to eight.

They were in serious danger of missing out on the postseason but luckily, Butler returned and helped them secure a spot in the final game of the campaign.

But it seems unlikely that we'll be seeing him in a Minnesota uniform beyond the 2018-19 season.

If the Lakers do come calling, it may be tough to turn down an opportunity to play with the league's best player in the most glamorous market.

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