Leonard reportedly wants to play with another top-tier star, so if he heads to the Clippers, they’ll have to add one. Clippers adviser Jerry West is a big fan of Butler, so it would be a fit for the franchise. That said, it would be expensive.
Leonard and Butler would be in line for four-year, $141 million, with starting salaries at $32.7 million. To make that happen, the Clippers would certainly have to move the $22.6 million they owe Danilo Gallinari for the 2019-20 season. Though, that might not be as big a problem as some might think:
Gallinari could wind up on the Philadelphia 76ers if the two teams can work out a sign-and-trade.
Expect this and more crazy rumors to heat up as we approach the start of free agency on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.