Jimmy Butler's wish for the Timberwolves to trade him was finally granted on Sunday, with Minnesota agreeing to send the All-Star guard to the 76ers.
The deal concludes what has been a turbulent chapter in the Timberwolves' season. Between the trade request itself, head coach Tom Thibodeau's reluctancy to trade Butler and Butler going nuclear at Timberwolves practice, Minnesota's 2018-19 season has gotten off to a...unique...start.
Naturally, Twitter had a field-day when reports on the trade happening came out. First, the reports themselves from The Athletic and ESPN:
Sources with @JonKrawczynski: Philadelphia is finalizing a deal with Minnesota to acquire Jimmy Butler.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
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
But then, the fun started.
Jimmy Butler's current MOOD. pic.twitter.com/NTpzHMvEnO— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 10, 2018
JIMMY GONE pic.twitter.com/auYrtQCwxj— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 10, 2018
Now let's head up to Minnesota to see how the Timberwolves are reacting to the Jimmy Butler trade news: pic.twitter.com/BPSToYAiHd— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) November 10, 2018
And then there are the tweets that come at the expense of the 76ers.
When Jimmy walks into the practice facility with the 3rd stringers pic.twitter.com/2SNkPlZ3T0— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) November 10, 2018
Butler and Timberwolves third-stringers reportedly beat the team's starters in the same practice as his tirade.
When Jimmy Butler gets to Philly and sees Fultz and Simmons’ three point percentages pic.twitter.com/hM24cek1V9— Laieke Abebe AKA Stri:(a (@StrikaNation24_) November 10, 2018
Simmons, the 76ers' 6-foot-10 point guard, has not attempted a three-point shot this season. Fultz (30.8 percent) has not shot the three at a successful rate and missed much of last season with "the yips."
It looks like Butler has some competition for the face of Philadelphia professional sports, too.
It’ll be interesting to see how Jimmy Butler and Gritty get along in Philly. Two big personalities, could be electric or really blow up— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) November 10, 2018
In the end, though, the Warriors are still 10-2 and hold one of the best rosters in the NBA, even with the Butler trade.
Warriors fans seeing the Jimmy Butler news: pic.twitter.com/XbKQh2vi8g— The Athletic Bay Area (@TheAthleticSF) November 10, 2018
Twitter never seems to disappoint, huh?