Shooting Guard – Jimmy Butler
Now is where the dream scenario comes fast and furious.
If Jackson can somehow get his hands on Chicago Bulls burgeoning star Jimmy Butler, the Knicks will have a very bright future ahead.
Most believe Butler will be heading back to Chicago. Butler has even stated that he’s now looking for a short-term deal, hedging his future on next season while he looks for an even bigger payday.
I don’t buy that situation for one moment.
Butler is already star. Not only did the 25-year old average 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, but he played possibly the best brand of perimeter defense in The Association. He took home the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second-team.
Somebody will offer Butler a max-deal that’ll force him to change his mind from short-term to long-term. The only question that’ll remain at that point will be whether Jerry Reinsdorf opens of the bank or not.
He’s been known to be a little stubborn in situations like these.
Suppose Jackson lands the perfect defensive and all-around ingredient in Butler to go along with Porzingis and Melo, Monroe at the five-spot will fit the puzzle as a lesser-paid player.
Wes Matthews will be the other important free agent in the shooting guard spot for New York.