The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly agreed to trade disgruntled star Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that shakes up the Eastern Conference outlook. Butler will form a Big 3 with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Angered by the move, the Heat broke off further talks but eventually started them again.
The Minnesota Timberwolves grant Jimmy Butler's trade request.
However, they did have to give up value to obtain Jimmy Butler's services.
With the league offices closed for the weekend, the trade cannot become official until Monday when the trade call can take place.
The Timberwolves have been a disaster this season with Butler openly vilifying team-mates as soft and demanding a trade, and with the team losing all five games on their latest road trip. ESPN noted the deal was also made with the intention of reaching a long-term contract extension for Butler this summer. The max he can earn is five years, $190 million, and while other teams are hesitant about that length of a deal for Butler, the Sixers have cashed in key assets and are all in now. Their hope in acquiring Butler was to inject a talented player into the lineup and possibly challenge for the Eastern Conference title.
The fact that the Timberwolves turned down four future first-rounders for Butler from the Houston Rockets and then traded him for no future firsts confused some people.