Jimmy Butler trade: Report says Timberwolves complete deal with 76ers

Doug Mendoza
November 10, 2018

Butler has had a standing trade request since September. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade.

Following the 2018-19 season, Butler will be an unrestricted free agent and Philadelphia had previously expressed interest in adding Butler to make up a big three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Justin Patton, who was selected with the No. 16 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is also included in the deal.

We've detailed deals close to these in our past trade ideas with the Sixers, which you can read here.

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.

Translated: The Wolves had to trade him, or they would lose him for nothing over the summer.

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

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015.

The 29-year-old shooting guard has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 10 games with Minnesota this season. The Timberwolves accomplished one goal in the trade, league sources said: Sending Butler to the Eastern Conference and not to a Western rival.

Philadelphia will become Butler's third team, after Chicago and Minnesota.

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