However, they did have to give up value to obtain Jimmy Butler's services.
After requesting a trade out of Minnesota well over a month ago, Butler is probably pretty happy that his wish was finally granted, and on top of that, he gets to join a young, up-and-coming contender in Philadelphia.
The Minnesota Timberwolves shook up the National Basketball Association on Saturday afternoon by agreeing to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by Dario Saric and Robert Covington.
The 76ers, meanwhile, have gotten off to a slower start than expected. The trade comes on the heels of an 0-5 road swing for the Wolves, which chiefly get Dario Saric and Robert Covington back in the deal.
Butler requested a trade away from Minnesota late in the offseason, with the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat his preferred destinations, according to reports. It's a gamble that Butler, Embiid, and Simmons can mesh, but it's a good bet to take. A call with the league office to finalize it is expected Monday, sources said. The max he can earn is five years, $190 million, and while other teams are hesitant about that length of a deal for Butler, the Sixers have cashed in key assets and are all in now.
Simmons anticipates that the Sixers' big three would develop chemistry based on a common bond.