Minnesota Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers

Heather Diaz
November 10, 2018

Timberwolves star swingman Jimmy Butler has been traded to the 76ers, according to reports.

It's being reported that Minnesota will likely waive Jerryd Bayless' contract in order to create roster flexibility. He remains one of the league's top two-way players and should immediately join Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to help turn the Sixers into even more of an Eastern Conference contender.

As for the present, with by far the best Big 3 in the East, the 76ers are now legitimate threats to make it to the Finals.

But according to an ESPN report, Thibodeau eventually came to the conclusion that the Butler drama was indeed too big of a distraction and chose to pull the trigger on a deal. When the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with LeBron James, there was a thought they'd next focus on trading for Leonard. Butler can sign a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million.

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The Timberwolves are sending All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. He appeared in 10 games for Minnesota, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest. 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.

It brings to an end a almost two-month ordeal since Butler's desire to be traded first became public.

Clearly, the Sixers are betting they can change that. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 23 games previous year while dealing with a knee injury. 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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