It's good news for the Knicks and their fans that Jimmy Butler lists them as one of his three preferred destinations, but the Knicks' braintrust shouldn't mortgage their future to trade for him now.
Especially not when Butler, who just turned 29, will be a free agent in the summer of 2019. If he wants to come to the Big Apple next summer, then, by all means, the Knicks should consider making it happen, especially if they could potentially pair him with New Jersey native Kyrie Irving. Of course, Kevin Durant will also be a free agent next summer, so the possibilities are endless and the future -- for now -- looks bright.
The Knicks of Phil Jackson might have made a move now for Butler, sacrificing draft picks and young assets in exchange. But the Knicks of Steve Mills and Scott Perry appear to have a solid plan in place, and the cornerstone of that plan is not sacrificing assets and picks for the future. The Knicks did that once with Carmelo Anthony, and we all know how that worked out...