Tim­ber­wolves re­port­edly trade Jimmy But­ler to 76ers,

The Charlotte Observer (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.

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 and get­ting But­ler in uni­form for a game at Mi­ami on Mon­day. Clip­pers 128, Bucks 126 (OT): Lou Williams hit a jumper with 0.3 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time, lift­ing host Los An­ge­les to a vic­tory and hand­ing Mil­wau­kee its third loss in 12 games.

JIM MONE AP

The Tim­ber­wolves' Jimmy But­ler was traded to the 76ers on Satur­day for three play­ers and a draft pick.

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