76ers acquire Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East

While Kawhi Leonard was the first superstar to request a trade over the summer, he was joined shortly after by a disgruntled Jimmy Butler.

At the time of identifying his preferred trade destinations, Butler reportedly did not include the Lakers on the list.

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.

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.

Moreover, it's now been rumored that point guard Jerryd Bayless has been added to the deal and he could be a new backup guard for the Wolves as they look to package Gorgui Dieng's contract with, most likely, Tyus Jones to a team such as the Phoenix Suns, per rumors over past few months.

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

Butler has one year left on his contract before he can decline his player option and become a free agent in 2019.

The Timberwolves are sending All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. But a Friday loss in Sacramento, ending an 0-5 road trip for a team now 4-9 on the season, was apparently the last straw.

Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season.

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

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.



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