While the Celtics' struggles on the road continue, one of their rivals in the East has added another star.
Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers by the Minnesota Timberwolves according to multiple reports.
Minnesota has agreed to a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package that includes Robert Covington and Dario Saric, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Minnesota has traded Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert, Covington, Dario Saric and a 2022 second-round draft pick, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
Butler has been unhappy in Minnesota and made no secret of his desire for a trade.
Wojnarowski reports that Butler will be sticking around in Philly for a while, forming a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Jimmy Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, league sources tell ESPN. Sixers made deal with plans to add Butler to a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
The Sixers lost to the Celtics in five games in the second round of the playoffs last season. Philadelphia is off to an 8-5 start.
So, the rumored plans of Butler joining Kyrie Irving have apparently fizzled, with Irving committing to a re-signing with Boston this summer and Butler about to become a fixture in Philly.
More to come...