Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler intends to decline his $19.8 million player option for the 2019-20 season, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Friday.
Haynes said the Sixers anticipated the move so he could enter July as an unrestricted free agent, thus making him eligible for a five-year max contract.
Philadelphia is reportedly willing to do “whatever it takes” to retain Butler going forward, Haynes added.
After being traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves 10 games into the regular season, Butler averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and four assists in 55 starts with Philadelphia, helping the club clinch a second-consecutive playoff berth. The Sixers wound up dropping a heartbreaking Game 7 against the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.