While Wolves fans are surely sad to see Jimmy Butler leave, it's a new beginning in Minnesota and it's probably for the best now that Towns has signed his rookie extension and the drama in the locker room can be put to rest.
Jimmy Butler finally got his wish.
The Athletic has reported that the terms of the deal are Butler and Patton heading from Minnesota to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second round draft pick.
As I wrote in October, the 76ers needed to be aggressive in Butler trade talks as he reportedly had "eyes for them".
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We've detailed deals close to these in our past trade ideas with the Sixers, which you can read here. He appeared in 10 games for Minnesota, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.
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. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates. The team called it general soreness at the time, but Butler did not suit up again for the Timberwolves.
Despite all this, Butler has shared a mutual admiration with Wolves president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who attempted on repeated occasions to keep Butler to have a change of heart and remain in Minnesota.