Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Minnesota Timberwolves trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers

Minnesota Timberwolves trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers

As I wrote in October, the 76ers needed to be aggressive in Butler trade talks as he reportedly had "eyes for them".

In return, the Timberwolves will get Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless, as well as a 2022 second-round draft pick.

Butler had made his frustrations with the Wolves organization crystal clear over the past month, lashing out at teammates over practice and recently proclaiming, "that shit has to stop" when asked about his large minutes load by The Athletic's Sam Amick last night.

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Charania is reporting that the Sixers and Timberwolves will have a trade call on Monday to finalize the deal. Doing so would end any hope of the four-time All-Star landing with the Nets or Knicks in free agency.

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. The Philadelphia 76ers are sending two key players to Minnesota to land a third superstar to pair with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Butler can sign a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million. Though, there were mixed reports on whether Butler is receptive to playing alongside James.

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