"Technically I think, knock on wood, I will get a max contract anywhere I choose to go," Butler told reporters Tuesday as part of the Sixers' season-ending press conference. "So if you are talking a four-year, five-year [contract], that is more than enough money anyway. I think I still have more than enough money now from my first deal."
Sixers general manager Elton Brand told reporters in February that he received "all assurances from the managing partners" they could re-sign Butler and Tobias Harris.
The Nets, who lost to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs, are on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Their 42-40 record in 2018-19 was a 14-game improvement from the previous season. They have a strong young nucleus with Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.
Per BasketballInsiders.com, the Nets could have up to $68.1 million in cap space if Allen Crabbe declines his option.
Butler had a successful transition to Philadelphia after being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. The 29-year-old averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 55 games following the deal.
The 76ers' season ended in heartbreaking fashion against the Toronto Raptors on Kawhi Leonard's buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.