76ers acquire Butler from Wolves


Butler, 29, has been agitating for a move away from the Timberwolves since the start of the season, handing a transfer request in September.

The trade was in exchange for Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, Dario Saric and a 2022 second-round pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves.

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.

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown could not comment on Butler because the trade has yet to become official. "They've got Ben and Joel and now you add in Jimmy, I think that is going to be a very, very good team".

The 76ers will send key members Robert Covington and Dario Saric to Minnesota in the deal. A call with the league office to finalize it is expected Monday, sources said. It also wasn't the only potential return that the Wolves were reportedly considering when they made the decision that something needed to happen.

In the end, Twitter wasted no time reminding everyone that the Sixers might have won the trade, but it's still the Golden State Warriors' world.

The fact that the Timberwolves turned down four future first-rounders for Butler from the Houston Rockets and then traded him for no future firsts confused some people.