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Report: 76ers out of Jimmy Butler trade race

Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, Dario Saric

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) shoots against Philadelphia 76ers forwards JJ Redick (17) and Dario Saric (9), of Croatia, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

AP

New 76ers general manager Elton Brand said Philadelphia was still a piece away from contending for a championship – and expressed a desire to get that piece before 2019 free agency.

With Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler available, could Philadelphia land another star to join Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons?

Sam Amick of The Athletic:

Butler would have fit well in the 76ers. They have the young players and picks to present a compelling offer. Butler is a superb defender, and though not an ideal outside shooter, he would have added a perimeter player able to create his own shot.

Philadelphia’s best hope now: Markelle Fultz steps forward.

Minnesota’s best hope now: Someone meets their asking price for Butler.

It’s a lot of uncertainty ahead for both franchises.