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76ers acquire Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

10 November 2018

The deal, on its face, seems like a good one for a Sixers team that is in a position to sign Butler long-term and make a legitimate push for an National Basketball Association title.

Butler has been miserable in Minnesota, and the Timberwolves have gotten off to a lousy start waiting for this inevitable move to happen.

Timberwolves star swingman Jimmy Butler has been traded to the 76ers, according to reports. The Timberwolves accomplished one goal in the trade, league sources said: Sending Butler to the Eastern Conference and not to a Western rival.

We've detailed deals close to these in our past trade ideas with the Sixers, which you can read here. Philadelphia has the young pieces in place with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid that will make it very hard for Butler to leave this summer.

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

Jimmy Butler finally got his wish.

Moreover, it's now been rumored that point guard Jerryd Bayless has been added to the deal and he could be a new backup guard for the Wolves as they look to package Gorgui Dieng's contract with, most likely, Tyus Jones to a team such as the Phoenix Suns, per rumors over past few months. The next step for Philadelphia will be coming to an agreement on an extension for Butler, a pending free agent who made clear to Minnesota that he would not be re-signing there in 2019.

Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 23 games past year while dealing with a knee injury.

76ers acquire Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves