The Jimmy Butler saga in Minnesota is officially over, as the four-time All-Star is shipped in a blockbuster deal to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
The trade, which was first reported by Shams Charania of the Athletic, sends Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a second round pick to the Timberwolves for Butler and Justin Patton. After months of waiting, Butler finally got his wish to be traded.
The deal comes as a major surprise. There weren't any recent rumors linking the two sides. After the season began, suitors for Butler had seemed to back away.
But the Wolves found a partner and in doing so altered the landscape of the Eastern Conference. Butler now joins All-NBA center Joel Embiid and rising star Ben Simmons. The Sixers now have three All-Star caliber players and can measure up with any team in the East from a talent perspective.
Even with all the distractions in Minnesota this season, Butler has played quite well. The 29-year-old is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals.
The Sixers are off to a up-and-down start. Though they are 8-5 they have been inconsistent on both ends of the floor. Getting Butler should solidify them further as one of the best teams in the conference and maybe even vault them into title contention.
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