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

The Bradenton Herald (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, 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 re­sign­ing there in 2019.

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