Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

The Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota finally ended on Saturday when the Timberwovles traded the disgruntled star to Philadelphia for an assortment of players and picks.

To go along with Butler, the Sixers will receive Justin Patton. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick. Butler, an elite wing and outstanding defender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has left that league to join the Los Angeles Lakers following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.

That is contingent, of course, on Butler's ability to get along with his younger teammates - something with which he seemed to struggle in Minnesota. He did name the Clippers, who are in position to have to max-contract free agency slots in 2019 and could wind up being the most affected.

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The Timberwolves are sending All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Butler had contemplated sitting out Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings when the trade began to look like a real possibility.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. He appeared in 10 games for Minnesota, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.

Philadelphia will become Butler's third team, after Chicago and Minnesota.

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