Jimmy Butler will not sign any teams before 2025

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Jimmy Butler will not sign an extension with the Miami Heat or any trading partner before his 2025 free agency.   

Butler will play out the 2024-25 season in hopes of earning a big paycheck next summer, when he has a $52.4 million player option to use for another year of max money or opt out of to sign a long-term deal.  

Butler has been rumored for a trade all summer. Butler was reportedly seeking a two-year max extension with two years left on his contract. The Heat were reluctant to trade for that extension, unlike other teams.  

"That's a big decision on our part to commit those kinds of resources unless you have someone there and available every night," Riley said at his end-of-season press conference. "That's the truth."  

Butler missed 22 regular-season games and Miami's first-round playoff loss to the Celtics last season. He has not played 70 games since the 2016-17 season, his last with the Chicago Bulls, due to durability issues.  

Butler will turn 35 before opening night, suggesting he will continue to struggle with ailments.  

Butler's reluctance to sign an extension complicates trade negotiations, but they are still conceivable. Teams might trade for Butler as a rental or to get him to sign. Given Miami's anticipated asking price for Butler, any team trading for him would have to believe he was a multi-year fit.  

Bam Adebayo, another Heat All-Star, reportedly signed a three-year max agreement Wednesday. However, the Heat have been in the Play-In Tournament two years in a row and reached two NBA Finals in five seasons, but their regular seasons have been ordinary.  

Miami must figure out how to return to the Eastern Conference top or prepare for the future. A motivated Butler will assist the Heat next season, but without other changes, Miami will struggle to challenge Boston and the East.   

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