Sixers have key financial advantage in push to re-sign Jimmy Butler


After news of the trade broke, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz took to Twitter to welcome Jimmy Butler to "the best sports city in America".

In return, the Timberwolves reportedly acquired forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, as well as veteran guard Jarryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

But after an 0-5 road trip in which Butler played in four games, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers have struck a blockbuster deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade for all-star swingman Jimmy Butler, according to multiple reports Saturday afternoon.

Butler initially requested a trade from the Timberwolves in September after playing just one season with the franchise.

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76ers coach Brett Brown talked before the season about the team shopping for a third superstar and they will get that with Butler. Butler will form a Big 3 with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Robert Covington #33 and Dario Saric #9.

Minnesota also sent Butler out of the West, where he could have done a lot more damage to the Timberwolves in an already stacked conference.

Sixers and Butler aren't allowed to enter into a negotiation or a agree on an extension yet, but barring physical issues or Butler failing to fit into the Embiid-Simmons dynamic both sides are optimistic on a long-term future. 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.