Jimmy Butler heads to Philly as Sixers form new Big 3

Arnold Nichols
November 11, 2018

Jimmy Butler is finally on the move.

The Minnesota Timberwolves shook up the National Basketball Association on Saturday afternoon by agreeing to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by Dario Saric and Robert Covington.

The 76ers also needed to find another superstar to help the team overcome Aron Baynes' Boston Celtics, who sit in fifth place in the East but proved too strong for Rookie of the Year, Australia's Simmons, and All-Star centre Joel Embiid, in last year's playoffs.

Butler, who after six seasons with the Bulls was traded to the Timberwolves in June 2017, is averaging 21.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season for Minnesota (4-9) despite not being happy with his situation.

Disgruntled guard Jimmy Butler has reportedly been traded from the Minnesota Timerwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers. Details of the trade are still being finalized.


The full trade, per reports: The Sixers get Butler and injured second-year center Justin Patton in exchange for Saric, Covington, veteran Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook installed the Sixers as 16-1 shots for the crown, down from 30-1.

Minnesota did okay in what was a shotgun deal after Butler dropped his trade request right before the start of camp (although I think Miami's Josh Richardson/first rounder offer was better).

But for now, it's time to discuss how each new Timberwolf fits into the Wolves plans for the current season, as well as the near future. In his previous seven seasons, Butler has only played more than 70 games twice.

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