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Jimmy Butler moves to Miami and Sixers acquire Josh Richardson in sign-and-trade with Heat

Jimmy Butler moves to Miami and Sixers acquire Josh Richardson in sign-and-trade with Heat

Updated: 11:27 p.m.: The sign-and-trade may have hit a snag, according to a report. The Mavericks were under the impression they were receiving Derrick Jones Jr. and Kelly Olynyk. The Heat are reportedly unwilling to give up Jones and have said they need to include point guard Goran Dragic in the deal to make the money work, per the New York Times' Marc Stein.

Updated: 1:32 a.m.: Talks with the Mavericks have broken down, according to Stein. Stein reports the Sixers and Heat are "determined to find a third team to facilitate" the deal. 

Updated: 5:11 p.m.: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe report the deal is done, with the help of the Clippers and Trail Blazers. Portland will receive Maurice Harkless. The Inquirer's Keith Pompey reports the Sixers are sending the Clippers Mathias Lessort, the No. 50 pick in the 2017 NBA draft. 

After days of speculation and rumors, Jimmy Butler is on his way to South Beach.

The Sixers and Heat have agreed to a sign-and-trade that will send Jimmy Butler to Miami and Josh Richardson to Philly, a team source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Butler will sign the four-year, $142 million max with the Heat. The Sixers receive a young, emerging wing in Josh Richardson, who will turn 26 in September.

Since the Sixers lost JJ Redick to New Orleans at the start of free agency, they make this move as a below-the-cap team by no longer having his cap hold on the books. The Heat will send Goran Dragic to the Mavericks to make the money work.

Richardson’s deal is extremely reasonable. He’ll make $10,116,576 in 2019-20 and $10,865,952 in 2020-21 with a player option at $11,615,328 for 2022. 

The Sixers will also have some money left to spend to fill out their roster, though a nice chunk of it will now go to Al Horford (see story). 

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Sixers Talk podcast: Training camp is coming

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Sixers Talk podcast: Training camp is coming

Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick go back and forth about JJ Redick's comments about the importance of team dinners, five Sixers landing on SI's top 100, and Joel Embiid saying he has lost 25 pounds.

• Discussing nuggets about Jimmy Butler and the quadruple doink from JJ Redick's appearance on the Lowe Post.

• Sports Illustrated's Top 100 for 2020 came out. The rankings are mostly fair but the guys have one gripe.

• Joel Embiid said he lost 25 pounds ... but he clearly didn't lose his sense of humor.

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JJ Redick believes Sixers needed more team dinners on road last season

JJ Redick believes Sixers needed more team dinners on road last season

Sixers fans are generally excited about the team's new roster construction heading into the 2019-2020 season, but there's no doubt the sharp shooting of JJ Redick will be missed.

Redick took his talents down to the bayou and will suit up for the New Orleans Pelicans this season. Redick joined ESPN NBA insider Zach Lowe on Lowe's podcast this week to talk about his new opportunity. They also reflected a bit on his time with the Sixers and the tough loss to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors in the playoffs after four bounces of a Kawhi Leonard desperation shot.

Redick is open about the fact that the decision to move on to New Orleans was partly financial.

"I never got the sense that [the Sixers] didn't want to bring me back. Unfortunately, it came down to a little bit of economics," Redick said.

Jimmy Butler's decision to move on to the Miami Heat obviously precipitated that move. Redick speaks highly of Butler regardless of his decision.

"I love Jimmy. I would play with Jimmy again," Redick said. "He is in the upper tier of two-way players and in the upper tier of offensive players in the NBA, period."

So Redick has moved on to New Orleans, but it's tough not to think back to what could have been. There was a point in the Toronto series where Redick believed the Sixers were capable of winning the NBA championship last season.

"Joel [Embiid] and I spent some time together after the season and we talked about it. It was Game 4 [against Toronto] for us. We lost that game and I felt like, for most of that game, we had control, not just that game but that series. We had a chance to go up 3-1. That was the opportunity that we missed. You lose that game and it's 2-2 and you've got to win 2 out of 3 against Toronto, and that's a tough task."

One other interesting nugget from Redick's time in Philly was his sharing that he believed they didn't do enough team dinners on the road.

"I wish, I've tried, I wish, the team meal on the road is huge. I think it's huge. We didn't do it enough last year in Philly. We tried. It wasn't enough. Some of that, look, nobody wants to be forced to go to dinner. It's got to be real and authentic."

Some other choice quotes from the pod below.

On Ben Simmons getting a jumper.

"Ben works. He worked all of last offseason. I witnessed him during the season get his shots up after practice every day. I think he'll be able to shoot at some point. A lot of it is confidence. He can shoot a high enough clip when he's shooting spot shots that it should translate to shooting threes in a game. The video that went viral, looks to me like he's shooting with some confidence there."

Lowe also asked Redick about the dagger shot in Toronto.

"I was on the bench," Redick said. "I sort of had that perfect angle 'cause as soon as the ball had come inbounds, I sort of walked onto the baseline. Not on the court, but onto the baseline so I could get a straight-on view of the action. My memory may be a little jogged but my arms were crossed, I was watching the ball bounce around the rim, and it went in. I'm not sure I had any initial reaction, I think it was just shock. Part of you wants to walk off the floor and punch a wall and the other part of you, if I'm the Raptors, I'd want to dap up the people that I had just played a seven-game series against. I stayed on the court and talked to Kyle, Marc, Kawhi, Danny and those guys. Told them I hope they win a championship and walked off. Then you get back to the locker room and you see the emotion, I was obviously feeling emotional, then Joel started crying. Those are the sorts of moments that you don't forget. As much as you don't forget the shot, the aftermath of moments like that, you just don't forget. There's just a lot of raw emotion."

You can listen to Redick's entire conversation with Zach Lowe right here.

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