76ers acquire Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

10 November, 2018, 21:13 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East

Butler had contemplated sitting out Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings when the trade began to look like a real possibility.

The Sixers are trading forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2020 second-round pick for Butler and forward Justin Patton, sources said.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler and the 76ers are expected to reach a deal on a long-term contract in the summer.


Butler had made his frustrations with the Wolves organization crystal clear over the past month, lashing out at teammates over practice and recently proclaiming, "that shit has to stop" when asked about his large minutes load by The Athletic's Sam Amick last night. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade. Doing so would end any hope of the four-time All-Star landing with the Nets or Knicks in free agency. The team called it general soreness at the time, but Butler did not suit up again for the Timberwolves.

Already one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers finally have a capable wing scorer to pair with star point guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid.

The package is pretty surprising considering the reported deal that almost brought Butler to Miami.

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