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Miami Heat rumors: Jimmy Butler eligible for contract extension this offseason

Apr 16, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) spins the basketball on his finger during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Jimmy Butler is eligible for a contract extension this offseason and is seeking a four-year, $181 million deal. Butler has one more guaranteed year left on his contract but seeks a new max deal that will keep him in Miami until 2026.

Butler signed a four-year deal in 2019 to join Miami. In two seasons, the Heat have made the playoffs twice and been to the NBA finals.

Miami has a lot of question marks going into this offseason. Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, and Kendrick Nunn are all going to free agents. There’s a chance Oladipo might not play next season, and Nunn could get an offer sheet the Heat won’t want to match.

The Heat look like they want to move forward with a trio of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro. Miami signed Adebyao to a contract extension after their 2020 finals run.

Butler will compete regardless, but an extension will allow Butler to recruit another star to Miami. The Heat were interested in trading for James Harden before the Nets made a deal. However, they were uncertain about trading Herro and other young assets.

“I don’t know. I’ve got to be active.” “Me myself, Bam, hell probably Tyler [Herro], some other guys, as well — they’re going to ask, and we have to be honest. But at the end of the day, that’s not our job either. Whoever we get the opportunity to play with, we’ve got to go out there and compete.”

Miami Heat Forward Jimmy Butler

Miami’s season ended earlier than expected. The Heat lost to the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs and never stood a chance outside of game one.

Miami has a busy offseason ahead of them and it looks like extending Butler will be one of their top priorities.

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