Wolves finalizing Butler deal

The 76ers Trade for Jimmy Butler; Now Serious Threats to Win the East

BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

It's being reported that Minnesota will likely waive Jerryd Bayless' contract in order to create roster flexibility. Butler will form a "Big Three" for Philadelphia with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Since the season began, Butler has shown the league his true colors. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick. They're currently 8-5, third place in an Eastern Conference that figures to be wide open with LeBron James now in Los Angeles.

While Wolves fans are surely sad to see Jimmy Butler leave, it's a new beginning in Minnesota and it's probably for the best now that Towns has signed his rookie extension and the drama in the locker room can be put to rest.

Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski have been on top of the Jimmy Butler situation from the beginning, and if they said there were a lot of issues, you can believe them.

The 76ers were scheduled to enter 2019 with enough cap space to sign a max free agent. But a Friday loss in Sacramento, ending an 0-5 road trip for a team now 4-9 on the season, was apparently the last straw. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 23 games a year ago while dealing with a knee injury.

Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points. He's a career 16.5 point-per-game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two seasons that were very meager on the scoring front.

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