Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to Sixers

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

The Jimmy Butler saga appears to have finally come to a close.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported Saturday that Philadelphia is sending Dario Saric and Robert Covington to Minnesota in a package for Butler.

At the time of identifying his preferred trade destinations, Butler reportedly did not include the Lakers on the list.

Worth noting: The trade won't be official until Monday, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. After weeks upon weeks of one of the weirdest trade sagas in recent National Basketball Association memory, the Minnesota Timberwolves chose to send Butler back to the Eastern Conference.


The Sixers and Butler, a four-time All-Star, have every intention on formalizing a long-term agreement this summer, sources said, but nothing is allowed to be negotiated or agreed upon until Butler opts out of the final year of his contract after the season. With Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, however, they will have the firepower to compete in the Eastern Conference. Butler had contemplated sitting out Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings when the trade began to look like a real possibility.

The deal comes after Butler turned down a four-year, $110 million extension from the Timberwolves during the offseason and was not moved after the Rockets reportedly offered four first-round picks to acquire him.

Butler is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 10 games this season.

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