Jimmy Butler Shockingly Teases Potential Lakers Move

The Miami Heat superstar sends a message to the Lakers in shocking remarks.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have always been a hot destination for superstars in the NBA. It is not uncommon for players to show their interest in playing for the purple and gold.

Yet, it always comes as a surprise when someone says it publicly, especially if it is a player of Jimmy Butler's caliber.

The Miami Heat superstar attended a Los Angeles Sparks game on Friday night wearing a Cameron Brink jersey. Brink had earlier said that Butler is one of her favorite players in the league. The two took a photo together before the game.

What caught the attention of NBA fans more than that, however, was the interview Butler gave during the game. When answering Nikki Kay's questions, Butler said that "22 looks good in purple and gold".

Jimmy Butler Teases A Lakers Move in Latest Remarks

Butler and Brink both wear #22 on their respective teams. So, this is smart on Butler's part to leave it vague whether he is referring to Brink or his own jersey. But, Butler knows exactly what he is doing with his.

The 34-year-old star is entering the final season of his contract. The Miami Heat have been non-committal about extending his contract beyond the 2024-25 season. This means that if they are not willing to do so, Butler could be a trade candidate this offseason. No front office would want to take the risk of losing a player of Butler's caliber for nothing, even if your name is Pat Riley.

Butler could easily force his way to the Lakers if he wanted to. There is enough precedence in the NBA of superstars dictating their destination. Butler has enough sway in the Miami Heat organization to ask to be traded to wherever he wants.

The Lakers have three first-round picks and multiple mid-sized salaries that they can trade for Butler. As good of a player as Butler is, his fit next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis is rather questionable. The six-time All-Star doesn't like to take too many threes and is at his best when he has the ball in his hands.

This would make it a challenge on the offensive end for whoever the next Lakers head coach is. But if you are going to have the incredible trio of Butler, James, and Davis, that is a challenge anyone would be willing to take on.

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