Jimmy Butler Trade Between Heat and Wolves Collapsed Because of $5 Million

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So, instead, the Sixers went all-in on Butler now, adding one of the league's elite two-way wing players to a roster already featuring one of its best point guards in Simmons and one of its best centers in Embiid.

Elton Brand knew there were plenty of risks when trading for Jimmy Butler, and the Philadelphia 76ers general manager isn't 100 percent confident the acquisition will pan out.

"Now we have a new system to learn and get accustomed to".

Philadelphia got one final chance to tie the game, but JJ Redick stepped out of bounds while trying to execute a dribble handoff along the sideline with Simmons, costing the Sixers an opportunity to even get off a game-tying shot. Philadelphia will now hope Butler meshes better with them than he did in Minnesota with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. The likelihood of someone out there placing a bet on such a prop? "And I think it will".

Another aspect that Minnesota will miss offensively is Butler's ability to get to the free throw line. The only thing I can relate back is they probably were under pressure they didn't realize as young people.

"I'm nervous. I'm still a little nervous that it's gonna work out, but I'm excited", Brand said during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show", as transcribed by ForTheWin.

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"If you get two rotational players, that's good", he said.

"Shootaround was great", Butler said, "getting around the guys and knowing them a bit, being confused on some plays, but other than that, basketball is basketball". The native of Croatia has career averages of 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The Golden State Warriors are the only other team that can boast of having that many.

Before the game, both Brown and Butler acknowledged there was going to be an adjustment period, but Butler said playing hard would solve much of it.

Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Butler while he was in Chicago, talked about the trade and the players they got in return.

"I like the sound of it", Butler said when asked about Philly's newest Big Three. He was limited to just 14 regular-season games last season because of the ailment, which confounded the Sixers.

"I love my teammates". "In this league, I think 90 percent of it is mental. I just look to compete and make winning plays".

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