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

Lynette Rowe
November 10, 2018

After many months of writing trade ideas for Jimmy Butler, I can say that I'm truly happy the front office chose to part ways with Butler even if he was the one that ended up severing the ties. The teams will likely execute the trade on Monday. With Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, however, they will have the firepower to compete in the Eastern Conference.

As for the present, with by far the best Big 3 in the East, the 76ers are now legitimate threats to make it to the Finals.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the trade.

Jimmy Butler finally got his wish.

The 76ers were scheduled to enter 2019 with enough cap space to sign a max free agent.

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

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. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates.

Butler played 41 minutes for the Timberwolves on Friday night in a loss to Sacramento.

Despite all this, Butler has shared a mutual admiration with Wolves president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who attempted on repeated occasions to keep Butler to have a change of heart and remain in Minnesota. He's a career 16.5 point-per-game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two seasons that were very meager on the scoring front.

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