MOREY’S BIG DECISION: IS AGING BUTLER WORTH $48.8M TO SIXERS?

By Tommy Matthews

Jimmy Butler has been cited as a prime target for Sixers boss Daryl Morey, though the former Sixer would need to be acquired via trade, which wouldn’t be easy — the Heat aren’t looking to rebuild.

So if the 76ers offered a package heavy on draft assets and cap relief, Miami would have to be confident they could turn those assets into another impact player.

If Morey pry Butler away from the Heat, it would mean accommodating his $48.8 million salary.

Landing a star like Paul George or Butler would be a home run for the Sixers, since either player would be an ideal fit on the wing alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

But it would reduce Philly’s remaining cap room to approximately $13 million, putting the team in position to realistically make just two or three more signings above the minimum — one or two using that remaining cap room, and another one using the $8 million room exception.

If the Sixers don’t land a star using their cap room – Brandon Ingram and OG Anunoby have been mentioned as other possible targets who wouldn’t be quite as highly paid as George or Butler.

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