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Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

The Jimmy Butler era with the Minnesota Timberwolves is a wrap.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Minnesota will receive forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves before the season began.

The Jimmy Butler saga has seemingly come to an end in Minnesota, as ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski are both reporting that a deal has been struck with the Philadelphia 76ers.

76ers coach Brett Brown talked before the season about the team shopping for a third superstar and they will get that with Butler. It's a gamble that Butler, Embiid, and Simmons can mesh, but it's a good bet to take. Robert Covington is a coveted "3&D" wing who will bring the kind of hustle and energy that Minnesota needs (and Butler delivered, but Covington will do it with less ego and attitude).

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But for now, it's time to discuss how each new Timberwolf fits into the Wolves plans for the current season, as well as the near future.

After plenty of swirling rumors featuring more than 10 teams league-wide but largely centering on the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets, the final destination was one of the second-tier teams that has reportedly been in the discussion all along.

The deal also puts the 76ers in the box seat to sign Butler next year to a maximum five-year $US190 million ($A263 million) contract - more than any other team.

Jimmy Butler will play against the Timberwolves - as a Sixer - for the first time when the Sixers host the Wolves on January 15. Philly's big four - Embiid, Butler, Simmons, with J.J.