National Basketball Association fans react to Sixers' trade for Jimmy Butler

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2018

Moreover, Butler should bring a sense of intensity and veteran leadership that Philadelphia has lacked since last season.

According to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trading Butler and Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the trade. Doing so would end any hope of the four-time All-Star landing with the Nets or Knicks in free agency.

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Jimmy Butler finally got his wish Saturday as the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly dealt the former Bulls star to the Philadelphia 76ers. The team called it general soreness at the time, but Butler did not suit up again for the Timberwolves. There are some questions about how he'll fit alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons since he's not much of a shooter, but apparently, the Sixers aren't concerned about that long term.

The 76ers would be able to offer Butler 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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