76ers Acquire Jimmy Butler From Wolves For Robert Covington, Dario Saric

The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East

BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

The Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler saga is over.

And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three - one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers are trading forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2020 second-round pick for Butler and forward Justin Patton, sources said.

Charania is reporting that the Sixers and Timberwolves will have a trade call on Monday to finalize the deal.

But according to an ESPN report, Thibodeau eventually came to the conclusion that the Butler drama was indeed too big of a distraction and made a decision to pull the trigger on a deal.

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The 29-year-old joins a 76ers team lead by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons considered among the favorites in win the East. Philadelphia (8-5) is in third place in the East after falling in the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs last season.

The 76ers would be able to offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million.

Translated: The Wolves had to trade him, or they would lose him for nothing over the summer.

The Jimmy Butler era in Minnesota is reportedly over. But a Friday loss in Sacramento, ending an 0-5 road trip for a team now 4-9 on the season, was apparently the last straw. It was a peculiar arrangement; the Timberwolves were still running things through him often, even while the worst-kept secret in the National Basketball Association was that he wanted a change of address.

Despite all this, Butler has shared a mutual admiration with Wolves president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who attempted on repeated occasions to keep Butler to have a change of heart and remain in Minnesota. He's on pace this season to average at least 20 points for the fifth consecutive year. He's a career 16.5 point-per-game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two seasons that were very meager on the scoring front.

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