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Reports: Sixers get Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

Reports: Sixers get Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

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.

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.

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...


 

Gordon Hayward was able to shake his sickness, but Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable for Friday

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Gordon Hayward was able to shake his sickness, but Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable for Friday

Celtics wing Gordon Hayward was off the injury report Thursday and is expected to play Friday night against the Hawks.

Hayward missed Boston's last two games with an illness.

Unfortunately for the C's, Jaylen Brown has come down with an illness. He missed Wednesday's game against the Wizards and is questionable for tonight.

Kyrie Irving (right shoulder soreness) and Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) are off the injury report, although both played against Washington.

On the flip side, Al Horford (knee) and Geurschon Yabusele (ankle) remain out.

Boston host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 7 p.m.

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Did Robert Williams' sister just squash "Time Lord" nickname debate?

Did Robert Williams' sister just squash "Time Lord" nickname debate?

We've heard from Danny Ainge. We've polled the audience. Now, it's time for an expert's opinion.

We're talking, of course, about Robert Williams' nickname. "Time Lord" is the fan favorite moniker for the Boston Celtics rookie, but Ainge isn't on board with it, even offering his alternate nickname of "Lob Williams."

The nickname debate raged Thursday night on Twitter -- until Williams' older sister, Brittanni, chimed in.

Sorry, folks. You can keep calling him "Time Lord" all you want, but Williams' real nickname apparently is "Boo Butt."

That's not quite as intimidating as some of the other suggestions we've gotten -- "Ad Block," "Sandman" and "Lord of the Rim," to name a few -- but you can't argue with family nicknames.

Regardless of what they call him, Celtics fans could be seeing more of the 21-year-old big man as Al Horford nurses a left knee injury.

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