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.
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.