But­ler bound for 76ers

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - DAN GEL­STON THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

A per­son 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 per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the trade had not yet been an­nounced by ei­ther team and was still pend­ing NBA ap­proval, which might not come un­til Mon­day.

Justin Pat­ton will also be sent to Philadel­phia, and Jar­ryd Bay­less and a 2022 sec­on­dround 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 joined the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

The first order of busi­ness will be mak­ing the trade of­fi­cial, some­thing that could come in time to get But­ler in uni­form for a game at Mi­ami on Mon­day. The next step for Philadel­phia will be com­ing to an agree­ment on an ex­ten­sion for But­ler, a pend­ing free agent who made clear to Min­nesota that he would not be re-sign­ing there in 2019.

Jimmy But­ler ap­pears to have re­ceived his wish to be traded by the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

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