Early Saturday afternoon, it was reported the Minnesota Timberwolves finally found a trade partner for Jimmy Butler. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Butler from the Wolves.
In return, Minnesota receives Robert Covington and Dario Saric, along with a second-round pick in 2022.
Butler is a free agent following the 2018-19 NBA season, which explains the hesitancy of several teams to trade for the All-Star. However, Woj is reporting the 76ers expect to reach a long-term deal with their new star.
Here’s more from Woj.
Jimmy Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, league sources tell ESPN. Sixers made deal with plans to add Butler to a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Philadelphia sits in third-place in the Eastern Conference after 13 games this season. Joel Embiid has put together an MVP-type season thus far and Ben Simmons has been his usual versatile self.
However, Markelle Fultz has struggled to get anything going and the team decided now was the time to make a move for the future.
Embiid, Simmons and Butler makes for a scary combination in the East.