According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Butler is expected to sign a four-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $46 million per season.
Butler’s max contract is expected to be in the four years and in excess of $184 million, per cap experts. https://t.co/pCghWjYVJW— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 2, 2021
Talk about the Heat backing up that Brinks truck for Jimmy Buckets.
This isn’t to say that Butler is not worth it. Despite dealing with injury and COVID-19 issues last season, Butler was still able to average 21.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and a league-best 2.1 steals per game. He also shot a stellar 50% from the field while earning All-NBA Defensive Team honors.
Now that Butler is locked up, and with Lowry ready to join him in South Beach, Miami has built the best defensive backcourt in the NBA. Add in the low-post presence of Bam Adebayo, and that’s magnified further.
Meanwhile, Miami is also expected to re-sign restricted free agent Duncan Robinson. This gives the 2020 Eastern Conference champions a tremendous core four after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign.