Warriors Trade Proposal Lands Jimmy Butler From Heat

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Some NBA teams command a certain amount of respect. They’re widely held to be among the league’s best organizations. That comes in handy when it’s time to bring in star players. 

Take the Miami Heat. This team is revered for its culture. The Heat are one of the league’s best organizations. Even during a season when they don’t look like title contenders, they command respect. 

With that said – the Heat don’t look like title contenders in 2023-24. This team doesn’t typically make rebuilding moves, but if they have a disappointing playoff run this year, they may want to take drastic measures this summer. Could they send Jimmy Butler to the Golden State Warriors? 

NBA Trade Proposal 

Miami Heat Receive: G/F Andrew Wiggins, G/F Gary Payton II, C Kevon Looney, G/F Moses Moody, 2026 First-Round Pick (GSW), 2028 First-Round Pick (GSW) 

Golden State Warriors Receive: G/F Jimmy Butler 

The Warriors are one of the best organizations in the NBA as well. With that said, they’ve found their success much differently than the Heat have. For a long time, the Warriors didn’t have much success at all. 

As a result, they couldn’t build through free agency or trades. The Warriors were not a destination market. So, they built through the draft. In the end, the Warriors would build a dynasty. 

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The Heat have had their own dynastic run in recent history. They were able to bring in LeBron James via free agency about a decade ago. James left, but the Heat have mostly been in the title picture ever since. Should they excuse themselves from title contention this summer? 

Why The Miami Heat Do The Deal 

Last year, the Heat made the Finals. It was a remarkable run. Miami advanced through the play-in tournament. Did they peak in the process? 

Time will tell. If Miami makes another deep run in 2023-24, they’ll hang onto Butler. On the other hand, if they fall short in the playoffs, they could turn to the future. That doesn’t mean tanking – with Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro on the roster, that won’t be necessary. 

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It could mean retooling. This deal arms the Heat with two unprotected first-round picks that they could flip down the road. It also has them bringing in an intriguing young player in Moody. Should the Warriors part with those assets? 

Why The Golden State Warriors Do The Deal 

The Heat look to be outside of the title picture in 2023-24. So do the Warriors. Yet, Steph Curry has hardly lost a step. He still looks capable of being the best player on a championship run. 

The Warriors simply don’t have a viable second option next to him. This roster is thin, and it’s light on star power. Here, the Warriors are looking to fix those issues. 

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Is Butler aging? Sure. His defense and playmaking could still revitalize this team. We’ve never seen Butler surrounded by the spacing that the Warriors have. If these pieces click, the Warriors could get back in the title picture. In the process, they’ll remind everyone that they’re one of the best organizations in basketball. 

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