Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler To 76ers In Blockbuster Deal

The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East

According to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trading Butler and Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

At the time of identifying his preferred trade destinations, Butler reportedly did not include the Lakers on the list. ESPN reports that Butler and the Sixers are expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer.

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Jimmy Butler made it very clear that he wants out of Minnesota, and the Timberwolves finally found the package they were looking for in return from one of the leading contenders in the Eastern Conference. The teams will likely execute the trade on Monday. Butler can sign a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million.

Meanwhile, Butler was forced to begin the season still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves as Tom Thiodeau refused to trade his star. The Heat were also reported to have had interest in landing Butler. In a compromised bargaining position, the Wolves opted not to move him before the season and tried to make it work on the court.

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