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Jimmy Butler trolls Magic during free throws in Sixers debut

Jimmy Butler trolls Magic during free throws in Sixers debut

Oh you’ll fit in, Jimmy. You’ll fit in just fine. 

It looks like Jimmy Butler is already having fun in his first game as a Sixer, trolling Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin while shooting foul shots Wednesday.

If you watch the video below, it looks like Butler tries to join in on the Magic’s camaraderie as they high five Augustin in between shots.

It’s pretty amazing, even if Butler got left hanging. 

For the record, Augustin missed one of his three free throws, so maybe Butler's trolling worked.

We look forward to seeing Butler and Joel Embiid in what could be a beautiful battle of the trolls. 

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Jimmy Butler by the numbers: Sixers' trade lands a stat-sheet stuffer

Jimmy Butler by the numbers: Sixers' trade lands a stat-sheet stuffer

What are the 76ers getting in Jimmy Butler? A guy that stuffs the box score.

Butler over the last five years is among the NBA's leaders in scoring (12th), rebounding (31st among guards and small forwards), assists (32nd) and steals (seventh).

How will it work out for the Sixers? Time will tell. But the numbers are pretty impressive! 

Let's take a look!

• Butler has averaged at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1½ steals in each of the last five seasons. He and Russell Westbrook are the only players to do that each year since the 2014-15 season.

• Since the start of the 2014-15 season, nobody in the NBA has averaged more minutes per game than Butler. He’s averaging 37.3 minutes per game (over 277 games). Only two players are within one minute per game of that figure — James Harden (36.7) and LeBron James (36.6).

• Butler ranks 12th in the NBA over the last five years in fewest turnovers per minutes played with 1.7 every 48 minutes. Butler’s career average of 1.6 turnovers per 48 minutes played is sixth best in NBA history among players who have averaged at least 35 minutes. He trails only Horace Grant, Kerry Kittles, Wesley Matthews, Michael Finley and Peja Stojakovic.

• Butler has played 468 career games and amassed 7,728 points, 723 steals, 2,287 rebounds and 1,585 assists. He’s one of only 16 players in NBA history with at least 7,500 points, 700 steals, 2,200 rebounds and 1,500 assists in his first 468 games and the first since Westbrook in 2015. Among the others who’ve reached all those plateaus this quickly are Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and James.

• Butler has 171 20-point games since the start of the 2014-15 season, 14th most in the NBA and ninth most among guards/small forwards. He has 119 games with 20 points and five rebounds since opening day 2014, which is the ninth most in the league during the same span.

• Butler has five seasons averaging 20 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1½ assists per game. That’s already tied for 11th most in NBA history with Rick Barry, Paul George, Hakeem Olajuwon and Pierce. Only Larry Bird, James, Jordan and Barkley had more such seasons in their first eight years in the NBA. 

Stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com.

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Source: Sixers finalizing trade to acquire Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler

Source: Sixers finalizing trade to acquire Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler

Wanted a star? You got one.

The Sixers are finalizing a trade to acquire Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves, a team source confirmed Saturday to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Serena Winters.

Per the source, the Sixers are giving up Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick, while also receiving Justin Patton.

The trade is still pending approval and expected to be completed Monday, according to the source. At the earliest, Butler will make his Sixers debut Wednesday night in Orlando, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

The deal was first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.

Butler is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals in 10 contests this season. He has made the All-Star Game the previous four seasons in which he's posted averages of 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 35.2 percent from three-point range.

The 6-foot-8, 232-pounder is a do-it-all swingman that scores, facilitates and plays both ends of the floor. On top of his offensive numbers, the 29-year-old Butler has been named to the NBA's All-Defensive second team four of the past five seasons.

Tensions grew between Butler and the Timberwolves as he reportedly demanded a trade in September, which was followed by a heated practice in October.

Butler had then missed three of Minnesota's first 13 games because of general sorness.

"They don't know how my body feels," he said last week, via ESPN. "So if I'm nicked up, then you can count on that."

According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau "decided late Friday night, after a fifth straight loss, that the team could no longer function with Butler as a part of it." Also, per the report, the goal was to make sure Butler landed in the Eastern Conference.

After the Sixers had failed on their hunt for a star in the offseason, new general manager Elton Brand delivered one here (see story).

Of course, though, it came at a price.

After going undrafted out of mid-major Tennessee State, Covington turned himself into an NBA starter an All-Defensive first-teamer. In parts of five seasons with the Sixers, the 6-foot-9 small forward averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 35.9 percent from distance.

Saric, acquired in a 2014 draft-night trade with the Magic, is only 24 years old and has averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in his career, which kicked off with being named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie first team.

The Sixers host the Timberwolves Jan. 15 and visit them March 30.

It should be fun as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Sixers have their star.

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