Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

But LeBron James believes his move makes the Sixers a much stronger team, while revealing that Butler was unhappy in Minnesota. Butler, who spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career in Chicago with the Bulls, was traded to Minnesota in 2017 in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen.

The Sixers will acquire Butler as well as Justin Patton in a trade that will send Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second round pick to the Timberwolves.

After months of bickering and a poisonous locker room with his Minnesota Timberwolves, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler has been granted his wish and is set to be traded to the 76ers.

Butler, 29, requested a trade during the preseason and told Minnesota he plans to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

After one season in Minnesota, Butler wanted out after the team made it clear it would not offer him a max contract extension.

In Philadelphia, Butler will join a young, up-and-coming contender built around two All-Star-caliber players in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Philly now has the luxury of unleashing Butler on the opposing team's best perimeter player, forming a versatile defensive spine, flanked by Simmons and Embiid.

At this time the Wolves have not yet confirmed the deal. What this ultimately means for Markelle Fultz is also something to watch.

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