Sixers finalizing trade for Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler


The Philadelphia 76ers have won the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes.

The Athletic reported Saturday that Minnesota has traded Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless in addition to a 2022 second-round draft pick.

Butler, who after six seasons with the Bulls was traded to the Timberwolves in June 2017, is averaging 21.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season for Minnesota (4-9) despite not being happy with his situation. Well, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, it's something we can safely assume, as the sides reportedly expect to come to terms on an extension when Butler hits free agency this summer. The teams will likely execute the trade on Monday.

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Butler requested a trade away from Minnesota late in the offseason, with the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat his preferred destinations, according to reports.

The 76ers add a four-time All-Star to an already promising roster headlined by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He has missed three games this season with "general soreness", but it seems likely that Butler will be feeling better once he arrives in Philadelphia.