What Jimmy Butler trade means to Celtics

Nov 11, 2018, 08:45
What Jimmy Butler trade means to Celtics

When his request was not met in the first 13 games of the regular season, he openly criticized the team and chose to rest for select games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves shook up the National Basketball Association on Saturday afternoon by agreeing to trade disgruntled All-Star forward Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by Dario Saric and Robert Covington.

Butler will now team up with young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, greatly improving the 76ers' perimeter defence and bolstering their chances of a deep playoff run.

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As per the agreement, Philadelphia will send Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2020 second-round pick to Minnesota for Jimmy Butler and forward Justin Patton.

However, they did have to give up value to obtain Jimmy Butler's services.

After one season in Minnesota, Butler wanted out after the team made it clear it would not offer him a max contract extension.

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Butler has had a standing trade request since September.

Once the Wolves finally came to the conclusion that a deal had to be made, owner Glen Taylor spoke personally with Sixers owner Josh Harris to push it through, sources said.

Minnesota also sent Butler out of the West, where he could have done a lot more damage to the Timberwolves in an already stacked conference. Philly's big four - Embiid, Butler, Simmons, with J.J. What this ultimately means for Markelle Fultz is also something to watch.

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