With Jimmy Butler reportedly requesting a trade from Minnesota on Wednesday, putting a big-name star on the table for the taking again, the Knicks' front office remains determined not to fall into the same trap of sacrificing precious assets to acquire a big name. Even if it's Jimmy Butler.
"We're committed to not missing any steps," Knicks president Steve Mills told The Athletic. "We're going to take this as a step-by-step process. We're going to continue along with our plan."
Butler, who was with the team for one season after a six-season stint in Chicago, reportedly has the Clippers . He also listed the Knicks and Nets, which are realistic options we explored on Wednesday. Still yet, the focus to keep the roster -- and draft picks -- intact, likely means Butler isn't New York-bound. Minnesota's asking price would likely be too high if the Knicks stick to their plan of not skipping "steps."
"What we're not going to do is trade away assets to get a guy that we can go get on our own later," Mills added.
Adding to the complexity of Butler's situation, ESPN also reports that Butler wants to be traded to a team willing to sign him to a five-year, max deal that could be worth roughly $190 million. Though New York could likely work the numbers in a trade to make that wish possible, it remains to appear unlikely the Knicks strike a deal for him as they continue to rebuild with their young core of talent.