Jimmy Butler Traded to Eastern Conference Contender

Jimmy Butler Traded to Eastern Conference Contender

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski, the 76ers have acquired Minnesota's disgruntled star and oft-injured 2017 1st-round pick Justin Patton for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 2nd round pick.

That is contingent, of course, on Butler's ability to get along with his younger teammates - something with which he seemed to struggle in Minnesota.

Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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 had contemplated sitting out Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings when the trade began to look like a real possibility. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade.

The package is pretty surprising considering the reported deal that almost brought Butler to Miami.

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The 76ers add a four-time All-Star to an already promising roster headlined by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Butler has one year left on his contract before he can decline his player option and become a free agent in 2019.

Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points.

The deal comes after Butler turned down a four-year, $110 million extension from the Timberwolves during the offseason and was not moved after the Rockets reportedly offered four first-round picks to acquire him.

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