Timberwolves agree to trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers - ESPN

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to trade the disgruntled All-Star-forward Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told ESPN.

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The 76ers act forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless and a second round out of 2022 for Butler and forward Justin Patton, according to sources.

The Sixers and Butler, a quadruple All-Star, intend to formalize a long-term agreement this summer, say sources, but nothing can be negotiated or agreed until Butler cancels the last year of his contract after the season. The Sixers will weigh the physical condition of Butler and how he fits Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but they did not give such an important trump in the assumption that this would be a rental situation.

The 76ers could offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $ 190 million, while other teams could offer four years and an estimated $ 141 million.

On Monday, the teams plan a trade visit with the league office to finalize the deal, with physics from players later in the day, according to sources from the competition. Butler probably makes his Sixers debut Wednesday in Orlando.

President and coach of Minnesota Tom Thibodeau decided late Friday night, after a fifth loss, that the team could no longer function with Butler as a part of it, according to sources. The Timberwolves accomplished one goal in the trade, said league sources: sending Butler to the Eastern Conference and not to a Western rival.

The deal was negotiated on the ownership level with the Glen Taylor of Philadelphia, Josh Harris and Minnesota, according to sources. Harris and Taylor worked closely with the front offices, including Sixers general manager Elton Brand and Minnesota's Scott Layden and Thibodeau, in the execution of the trade.

Sources said Bayless could be waived, but the Timberwolves are still a decision about his status.

The Sixers' chances of winning the NBA title improved from 30-1 to 16-1 in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook and their chances of winning the Eastern Conference went from 7-1 to 3-1.

The Timberwolves and 76ers play twice this season: January 15 in Philadelphia and March 30 in Minnesota.