Timberwolves to trade Butler to Sixers
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 11, 2018,
Nov 11, 2018, 7:47
Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota.
In return, the Timberwolves will get Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless, as well as a 2022 second-round draft pick.
Just before the trade, Butler played down his rift with Karl-Anthony Towns and the trade speculation that has hovered over the Timberwolves since the start of training camp, telling The Athletic: "I don't focus on it".
Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sun-Times was the first to report last summer that Butler was unhappy in Minnesota after growing frustrated with the nonchalant attitudes of younger teammates - specifically Karl-Anthony Towns. The trade comes on the heels of an 0-5 road swing for the Wolves, which chiefly get Dario Saric and Robert Covington back in the deal.
After plenty of swirling rumors featuring more than 10 teams league-wide but largely centering on the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, the final destination was one of the second-tier teams that has reportedly been in the discussion all along.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the team has every intention of working out a long-term deal with Butler.
At this time the Wolves have not yet confirmed the deal.
Simmons acknowledged that the 76ers would go through an adjustment period after adding Butler - "Hopefully, it's quicker than expected" - but he downplayed concerns about meshing with another ball-dominant player. Philly's big four - Embiid, Butler, Simmons, with J.J.