The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded their All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The news was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic/Stadium. The Sixers are sending Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless to the Wolves for Butler.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe confirmed the deal, adding that Minnesota will receive a 2022 second-round pick and send Justin Patton to Philadelphia.
Per Wojnarowski, the 76ers made the deal with the intention of finding a third star to play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and are expected to reach agreement with Butler on a long-term contract extension this summer.
“After winless 5-game road trip that ended with loss Sacramento on Friday night, Tom Thibodeau had come to realization that the Wolves couldn’t win with Butler in this dysfunctional environment, sources said. He told associates that Minny wouldn’t play another game with Butler,” according to Wojnarowski.
Minnesota has agreed to a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package that includes Robert Covington and Dario Saric, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook (h/t ESPN.com), the 76ers’ odds to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals went from 7-1 to 3-1 and win the NBA title dropped from 30-1 to 16-1.
The team and Jimmy Butler have long term goals, barring the fact that the chemistry and physical’s pan out.
It was reported a week ago that the Houston Rockets offered 4-first round picks for Jimmy Butler and was denied by the Wolves. It will be interesting to hear how that got denied and the Wolves decided on this trade.