Latest On Jimmy Butler Trade To Philadelphia

The Timberwolves and Sixers agreed on Saturday to one of the biggest trades in recent years. Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, while Dario Saric and Robert Covington headline the package that Minnesota is receiving.

We have more news to pass along on this blockbuster:

  • Butler had shown an interest in Philadelphia long before Saturday. Butler scheduled a free agent meeting with the Sixers  in 2015, when they were still in the early stages of building a contender, before he re-signed with the Bulls, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated tweets.
  • If Butler agrees to a max contract with Philadelphia, Markelle Fultz‘s long-term prospects with the organization would be in serious doubt, Zach Lowe of ESPN tweets. There are plenty of other questions regarding how Fultz fits with core group that Philadelphia has assembled and the team’s brass will closely monitor how all the personalities mesh, Lowe adds. The top 2017 pick is averaging just 8.9 PPG and 3.6 APG  in 24.3 MPG and will now have to compete with another All-Star for touches.
  • Minnesota avoided sending Butler to a Western Conference contender, one of the goals it set in trade talks involving the disgruntled swingman, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN notes (Twitter link). The Rockets had been mentioned prominently as a possible destination but even a package of four future first-round picks couldn’t entice the Timberwolves to send him to a conference rival. The Sixers became the most viable trade partner once the Heat pulled Josh Richardson out of trade discussions, Wojnarowski adds.
  • The Sixers were prepared to offer a similar package to the Spurs to acquire Kawhi Leonard this summer, Fischer reports in another tweet. Philadelphia was willing to give up Saric, Covington and a first-rounder to San Antonio before the Spurs opted to deal Leonard to the Raptors. The Spurs’ decision to decline the Sixers’ offer thus far seems like a wise move, considering Saric’s early shooting slump (30% from long range), Jabari Young of The Athletic tweets. Toronto’s package, with DeMar DeRozan as the centerpiece, has helped San Antonio get off to a 6-4 start despite a rash of injuries.
  • Buyout candidates will be even more intrigued to join the Sixers for the stretch run, Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype tweets. Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli joined Philadelphia in that fashion last season, Kennedy adds, and the incentive for players seeking a ring to hop on Philadelphia’s bandwagon has dramatically increased.
  • The Timberwolves considered three offers from different teams before picking the Sixers’ package, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic tweets.
  • Philadelphia will likely move J.J. Redick back into the starting lineup because his 3-point shooting will be needed on the first unit, Keith Smith of RealGM tweets.
  • The earliest that Butler could make his Sixers debut, once the trade is finalized, is Wednesday against the Magic, Wojnarowski adds in another tweet.
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19 thoughts on “Latest On Jimmy Butler Trade To Philadelphia

  1. C-Daddy

    Is Jimmy Butler really a big upgrade over Saric and Covington?

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    • formerlyz

      Chandler and Simmons play at the 4, improving the defense and versatility, while Butler replaces Covington and improves the defense further, and gives them a scorer on the wing, and someone to run offense through in the half court

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    • monymgr

      Decent trade for both teams IMO .. I do think both will make additional moves based on this trade !!

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  2. Bob Knob

    Geeeeeeez,
    Finally got him traded somewhere….anywhere….just glad there’s no more inane guessing.

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    • C-Daddy

      Is he a top-20 player in the league? Probably. Can a team with him as the best player win a championship? Probably not.

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      • JD396

        I’ll bet Jimmy couldn’t name 19 players he thinks are better than he is.

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        • Phattey

          1. Lebron James
          2. Giannis
          3. Steph curry
          4. Klay Thompson
          5. Russell Westbrook
          6. Kevin Durant
          7. Kyrie
          8. Anthony Davis
          9. Kwahi
          10. Demarcus cousins
          11. James harden
          12. Paul George
          13. Ben Simmons
          14. Joel embid
          15. Karl Anthony towns
          16. Gordon Hayward
          17. Devin booker
          18. Demar derozen
          19. Chris Paul

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  3. Luckylefty2

    If Saric felt tired in feeling I can only imagine how he will feel playing under thibs.

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  4. restingmitchface

    I think I’d rather have the Rockets’ four FRPs, but I guess this is what happens when your head coach is also your GM.

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  5. nentwigs

    Since Philly sent out 3 players and received 2 players back in the Butler trade, the 76ers have contacted the agent for Bobby Beevis so they can pair him with the newly acquired Butt-Head.

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  6. x%sure

    Cmon Zach Lowe. Salary considerations are the least of problems for Fultz with Butler joining the team. Check your twitter (funny link above)

    Max players
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    Fultz
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    Euro players

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