By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jimmy Butler has wanted a trade away from the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon.
Butler and and Josh Patton will join the now stacked 76ers squad. Philadelphia is dealing Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, Dario Šarić, and 2022 second-round draft pick.
The deal first started to take shape on Friday night before the Wolves tipped off against the Sacramento Kings. Butler is now happy after requesting a trade in September.
Butler was not happy playing with Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite being a talented player, he felt like the Canadian was not playing his best effort.
Now, the star will play with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 76ers expect to sign Butler this summer when he’s a free agent.
While he had problems with Wiggins, he may run into problems with Markelle Fultz in Philadelphia. The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has not lived up to expectations — and had problems with his shooting despite working on his shooting during the summer.
This signals that the 76ers are now going after it in the Eastern Conference. Right now, everyone is trailing the Milwaukee Bucks.
But Philadelphia is expected to be in the mix at the end of the season, as is the Boston Celtics.
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