Source: Wolves trade Butler to Philly for 3 play­ers, pick

The Olympian - - Sports -

Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Min­nesota.

And just like that, Philadel­phia has a new Big Three – one that could make se­ri­ous noise in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

An anony­mous source with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said Satur­day that Butler is be­ing traded to the 76ers in a pack­age that will send Dario Saric and Robert Cov­ing­ton to the Tim­ber­wolves. The trade is still pend­ing NBA ap­proval, which is not ex­pected un­til Mon­day.

Justin Pat­ton will also be sent to Philadel­phia, and Jer­ryd Bay­less and a 2022 sec­ond-round pick are also go­ing to Min­nesota, the per­son said.

The Ath­letic first re­ported the agree­ment.

Philadel­phia’s “Process” led it to the sec­ond round of the playoffs last sea­son be­hind two of the game’s youngest, bright­est stars in big man Joel Em­biid and point guard Ben Sim­mons. Butler, an elite wing and out­stand­ing de­fender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Con­fer­ence now that LeBron James has left that league to join the Los Angeles Lak­ers fol­low­ing eight straight trips to the NBA Fi­nals with Mi­ami and Cleve­land.

The first or­der of busi­ness will be mak­ing the trade of­fi­cial, some­thing that could come in time to get Butler in uni­form for a

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