Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers

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However, they did have to give up value to obtain Jimmy Butler's services.

The full deal - which is scheduled to be filed with the league on Monday - sends Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jarryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

Jimmy Butler finally got his wish.

According to a report by Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the decision makers in Minnesota had three potential deals on the table before they ultimately agreed on Butler moving to the City of Brotherly Love.

Butler is expected to become a free agent next July, with the Heat now not in a position to sign him next July.

After one season in Minnesota, Butler wanted out after the team made it clear it would not offer him a max contract extension.

As for the present, with by far the best Big 3 in the East, the 76ers are now legitimate threats to make it to the Finals.

Butler, 29, requested a trade during the preseason and told Minnesota he plans to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He has since played in 10 games, averaging just over 21 points, but has cut an unhappy figure in the Wolves 4-9 start to the 2018-2019 campaign.

Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Butler with the Chicago Bulls, initially pushed back against the player's trade demands.

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