Jimmy Butler trade: Timberwolves send G to Philadelpia 76ers

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

It was time to put the Jimmy Butler saga out to pasture.

ESPN later reported that the Wolves would be receiving a pair of players, Robert Covington and Dario Saric from Philadelphia in return.

Now, it seems his wish has been granted as he was traded to the 76ers.

Jimmy Butler is either free of the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Minnesota Timberwolves are free of Jimmy Butler following reports Saturday of a trade to send the disgruntled star to the Philadelphia 76ers, thus ending one of the more freakish National Basketball Association dramas in recent memory.

76ers coach Brett Brown talked before the season about the team shopping for a third superstar and they will get that with Butler. Embiid and Simmons have been the established stars on this team, but Butler tends to dominate franchises so it will be interesting to see how they feel taking a back seat to Butler.

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Forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington are both going to Minnesota in the deal.

At the time of identifying his preferred trade destinations, Butler reportedly did not include the Lakers on the list. Philadelphia has the young pieces in place with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid that will make it very hard for Butler to leave this summer. Competing teams interested in signing Butler after he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season will only be able to offer him a four-year, $140 million contract.

Also according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Thibodeau decided that a Butler trade needed to happen as soon as possible - following the Wolves' loss to the Kings on Friday night.

Adding Butler also gives the Sixers a valuable weapon at the end of games.

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