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Sixers finalizing trade for Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler

10 November 2018

The full trade, per reports: The Sixers get Butler and injured second-year center Justin Patton in exchange for Saric, Covington, veteran Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick.

Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, according to ESPN. Doing so would end any hope of the four-time All-Star landing with the Nets or Knicks in free agency.

Jimmy Butler made it very clear that he wants out of Minnesota, and the Timberwolves finally found the package they were looking for in return from one of the leading contenders in the Eastern Conference.

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Worth noting: The trade won't be official until Monday, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau decided late Friday night after a fifth straight loss that the team could no longer function with Butler as a part of it, sources said. The team called it general soreness at the time, but Butler did not suit up again for the Timberwolves.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. Though, there were mixed reports on whether Butler is receptive to playing alongside James.

Sixers finalizing trade for Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler