Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

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

Philly now has the luxury of unleashing Butler on the opposing team's best perimeter player, forming a versatile defensive spine, flanked by Simmons and Embiid. Angered by the move, the Heat broke off further talks but eventually started them again.

After requesting a trade out of Minnesota well over a month ago, Butler is probably pretty happy that his wish was finally granted, and on top of that, he gets to join a young, up-and-coming contender in Philadelphia.

Jimmy Butler is a Philadelphia 76er.

With the league offices closed for the weekend, the trade cannot become official until Monday when the trade call can take place.

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The deal also puts the 76ers in the box seat to sign Butler next year to a maximum five-year $US190 million ($A263 million) contract - more than any other team.

Jimmy Butler will play against the Timberwolves - as a Sixer - for the first time when the Sixers host the Wolves on January 15. After his well-documented trade saga started to stretch into the season and impact the Minnesota Timberwolves' ability to win basketball games, Tom Thibodeau and company decided to make a move. Dario Saric gives them another big who can stretch the floor. Their hope in acquiring Butler was to inject a talented player into the lineup and possibly challenge for the Eastern Conference title.

So appropriately, Smith went absolutely bananas reacting to the deal. The 76ers and Butler plan to work out a long-term extension.

The jokes Markelle Fultz jokes are already litty.

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