Jimmy Butler is set to hit the open market.
The 76ers’ forward intends to decline his $19.8 million player option, becoming an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo Sports. The eight-year veteran has until June 29th to make his decision official.
The Sixers are reportedly prepared for this decision, and the four-time All-Star will soon become one of the top free agents available.
Since his trade demand in Minnesota that got him dealt to Philadelphia this season, Butler’s agent Bernie Lee has been consistent in claiming whoever intends to sign the 29-year-old will have to compete with multiple max offers. The Nets were reportedly on his short list of trade destinations and plan to be a big part of this offseason’s action.
“Knock on wood, I will get a max contract no matter where I go,” Butler said at his exit interview. “You always want to be able to win. I think that’s key, for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
Butler, one of the top two-way players in the game, scored 19.4 points per game in the playoffs for the Sixers this postseason, where they lost in seven games to the eventual champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.