⬛️ The Timberwolves send Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.
After a few months of authentic soap opera in Minnesota, the Timberwolves finally transferred Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Justin Patton in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerry Bayless, and a future second-round draft.
Butler finishes his contract in 2019 and last summer had already warned Tom Thibodeau that he had no intention of renewing, so the Timberwolves were required to transfer the All-Star if they didn’t want to lose Jimmy without receiving anything in return. His bad relationship with Karl-Anthony Towns and especially Andrew Wiggins was the main trigger.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 10, 2018
The Sixers were capped until 2020 to get a star in the market before the future renovation of Ben Simmons compromised their salary space. Philadelphia risks a lot with this move, losing two good shooters to a team that needs to open the field for Simmons, Joel Embiid and now Butler.
However, the Sixers are confident that the arrival of an All-Star will allow them to recover the ground they seemed to have lost at the start of the season with respect to the other Eastern crown contenders, such as Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors or Boston Celtics.
Thibodeau gets what he wanted: players to keep competing. In recent years Robert Covington has grown to become one of the best 3-and-D specialists in the league, while Saric will give him as an open ‘power-forward’ the alternative he had lost with Nemanja Bjelica.
The behavior of Jimmy Butler in recent weeks has left much to be desired in Minnesota. The day he returned to training, he faced all his teammates and the board before telling everything in an interview agreed with ESPN and, in the recent defeat against the Warriors, he had been seen waving the towel with the rival fans.
Jimmy Butler is waving a towel with Warriors fans.
Jimmy Butler does not play for the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/tKbzpm7loH
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