Minnesota Timberwolves trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers

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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. The cost for Jimmy Butler would have been even higher, had the Sixers been given the assurance Jimmy Butler would sign on longterm.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported Saturday that Philadelphia is sending Dario Saric and Robert Covington to Minnesota in a package for Butler. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade.

But according to an ESPN report, Thibodeau eventually came to the conclusion that the Butler drama was indeed too big of a distraction and chose to pull the trigger on a deal. Justin Patton, who was selected with the No. 16 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is also included in the deal.

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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. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates.

Last season, Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals in 59 games.

Philadelphia will become Butler's third team, after Chicago and Minnesota.

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