Source: Wolves trade Butler to Philly for 3 players, pick
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.
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 conference following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.
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