Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Timberwolves trade Butler to Sixers for Saric, others

The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers
Frederick Owens | 10 November, 2018, 21:35

A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The cost for Jimmy Butler would have been even higher, had the Sixers been given the assurance Jimmy Butler would sign on longterm. Wojnarowski also added that the Sixers are confident they will get a deal done as long as it's a smooth transition for Butler this season.

But according to an ESPN report, Thibodeau eventually came to the conclusion that the Butler drama was indeed too big of a distraction and chose to pull the trigger on a deal.

Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Butler has one year left on his contract before he can decline his player option and become a free agent in 2019.

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The package is pretty surprising considering the reported deal that almost brought Butler to Miami. He appeared in 10 games for Minnesota, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates.

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.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015.

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