Jimmy Butler trade: Timberwolves send G to Philadelpia 76ers

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

BREAKING: Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending National Basketball Association approval, which might not come until Monday.

The 29-year-old joins a 76ers team lead by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons considered among the favorites in win the East. Philadelphia (8-5) is in third place in the East after falling in the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs last season. Justin Patton, who was selected with the No. 16 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is also included in the deal. When the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with LeBron James, there was a thought they'd next focus on trading for Leonard.

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 package is pretty surprising considering the reported deal that almost brought Butler to Miami.

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The 76ers would be able to offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million.

Butler had made his frustrations with the Wolves organization crystal clear over the past month, lashing out at teammates over practice and recently proclaiming, "that shit has to stop" when asked about his large minutes load by The Athletic's Sam Amick last night.

Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points.

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