According to Mark Stein of the New York Times, Clippers of LA. examines the possibility of signing Jimmy Butler and Cowhy Leonard as a free agency. The free agency period opens tomorrow at 6am Eastern time. The Butler and Leonard are maximum payers who have identical contracts ranging from $ 32.7 million to a total of nearly $ 141 million in four years. Clippers is reportedly worried about Butler's top salary deal, but such a contract looks significantly better after Leonard than with Butler as a soloist.
To clear enough room for both free agents to pay, Clippers will have to move Danilo Galinari's one-year deal to $ 22.6M. According to Dan Wake of the LA Times, there are already a few teams interested in Gallinari if they have to move:
Remember that while Clippers will have little influence on the trade with Gallinari, he is still likely to be high level search around the league. As a veteran scorer, Galo has had the best season in his career and is on a bargained one-year deal during a high-cost summer, where smart teams will try to avoid making deals they will regret. One possible landing site for Gallinari (among many) can be in Philadelphia in a scenario where Butler is signed and traded with Clippers. It is said that Philadelphia is interested in signing and trading deals for Butler if they lose it because they prefer to get something back instead of leaving it for nothing. Gallo is a very good player who can walk in and put the floor on the floor for Sixers without affecting their cap for a long time. To be legal trade, Jerome Robinson will also have to trade with the third team
The advantage of exchanging Galinari and Robinson for Butler, from Clippers' point of view, is related to the pay space. If Cleopers traded with Galinari for nothing, and then finally signed Leonard and Butler, they would have a maximum of about $ 1
Leonard's pairing with Kevin Durant looks like Clippers' plan A (and for obvious reasons), Leonard Butler's reserve plan is a pleasure. Especially with Durant, who will miss the season 2019-2020, a Butler move will better position Clippers to fight for the championship immediately.