Sixers finalizing trade for Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler

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

BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

Jimmy Butler finally got his wish. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick. ESPN reports that Butler and the Sixers are expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer. After weeks upon weeks of one of the weirdest trade sagas in recent National Basketball Association memory, the Minnesota Timberwolves chose to send Butler back to the Eastern Conference. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade. The Sixers will weigh Butler's physical condition and how he fits with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but they didn't give up such significant assets believing that this would be a rental situation. Butler can sign a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million. The Heat were also reported to have had interest in landing Butler. He has missed three games this season with "general soreness", but it seems likely that Butler will be feeling better once he arrives in Philadelphia. Butler had contemplated sitting out Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings when the trade began to look like a real possibility.

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