Philadelphia 76ers Score Jimmy Butler in Multi-Player Deal
Ever since the 2018 -19 NBA Training Camps began, there has been talk that Jimmy Butler wanted off the Minnesota Timberwolves. That happened today as the Wolves and Philadelphia 76ers reached a deal to trade the star G/F. Butler is an 8-year veteran that gives the 76ers a scoring need.
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently third in the Eastern Conference. They sit with a record of 8-5. They trail the Toronto Raptors by 3.5 games early in the 2018-19 season. Thus making a move of this caliber means that the Sixers are looking to win and win now.
Butler was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The made him the 30th overall selection that year. Butler played his college ball at Marquette University.
Butler played six seasons in Chicago. He averaged 15 PPG during his time in the Windy City. All while playing an average of 32 MPG. On June 22, 2017, the Bulls traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Since that trade Butler has seen his stats improve. In 2 years with the T-Wolves, Butler has gone from 32 MPG to 36 MPG. He has also seen his scoring average increase. Butler now averages 22 PPG.
Placing Butler with the Philadelphia 76ers makes a strong statement by the team. Getting a penetrating scorer to help out Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could just be what the 76ers need to make a strong push towards the NBA Finals in April. Simmons currently averages 15 PPG while playing 32 minutes. Meanwhile, Embiid is averaging 28 points while playing 35 minutes.
The only concern for the Philadelphia 76ers may be with injuries. Butler has only played a full 82 games once in his career. However, that may be a small concern given Butler’s production when he is on the court.
The Philadelphia 76ers are trading forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2020 second-round pick for Butler and forward Justin Patton. As the old saying goes you have to give something to get something.
Minnesota has agreed to a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package that includes Robert Covington and Dario Saric, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Butler puts the 76ers in a better position than they currently were in. That is all you can ask for with a trade this caliber.
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