NBA Twitter explodes over Jimmy Butler to Sixers trade

Butler is now in the Atlantic Division, and the Celtics road to the Finals just got a bit more hard.

The tumultuous tenure of Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves came to a close Saturday as The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the All-Star is heading to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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. Now, it seems his wish has been granted as he was traded to the 76ers. Butler, who spent the first six years of his National Basketball Association career in Chicago with the Bulls, was traded to Minnesota in 2017 in exchange for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen.

With the league offices closed for the weekend, the trade cannot become official until Monday when the trade call can take place.

Butler has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals through 10 games this season. The next step for Philadelphia will be coming to an agreement on an extension for Butler, a pending free agent who made clear to Minnesota that he would not be re-signing there in 2019.

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.

Butler is a competent outside shooter - he has shot over 35 percent from deep in three of the last four seasons - but his best use is on the ball where he is a competent isolation scorer and playmaker.

  • Steve Townsend