Philadelphia trades for Jimmy Butler

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

BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

However, they did have to give up value to obtain Jimmy Butler's services.

Philadelphia will reportedly send Robert Covington and Dario Saric to the Timberwolves in exchange for Butler, Justin Patton and a second-round draft pick, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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.

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