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

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - 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.

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.

High­lights

Rap­tors 128, Knicks 112: Pas­cal Si­akam scored a ca­reer-high 23 points, Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 19 points and 10 re­bounds, and Toronto im­proved its league-best record to 12-1 with a home win. War­riors 116, Nets 100: Kevin Du­rant had 28 points and 11 as­sists, Quinn Cook scored a sea­son-high 27 in place of in­jured Stephen Curry and Golden State used an­other big run in the third quar­ter to pull away and beat Brook­lyn for the eighth straight time.

Wizards 116, Heat 110: John Wall scored 28 points, Jeff Green had 19 and 10 re­bounds, and Wash­ing­ton ran away in the fourth quar­ter to beat Mi­ami and win for the third time in 12 games this sea­son.

Bulls 99, Cava­liers 98: Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Ryan Ar­cidi­a­cono added 15 and Chicago re­bounded af­ter blow­ing an early 16-point lead to hand Cleve­land its 11th loss in 12 games. Clip­pers 128, Bucks 126 (OT): Lou Wil­liams hit a jumper with 0.3 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time.

Jimmy But­ler

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