December 3, 2023

Jimmy Butler trade: 76ers reportedly acquire Timberwolves star in package deal


The Timberwolves are granting disgruntled Jimmy Butler his trade request after all.

After months of speculation and rumors of the 29-year-old forward growing unhappy with his role with the Timberwolves, Butler is heading to Philadelphia to play with the 76ers, according to multiple reports.

The Athletic reported Saturday that Minnesota has traded Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless in addition to a 2022 second-round draft pick.

Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, according to ESPN. Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. However, Butler can opt out after this season.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.


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