After weeks of waiting, the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally traded star guard Jimmy Butler. On Saturday, Minnesota shipped Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in a Saturday morning blockbuster trade.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Minnesota will receive forwards Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a future second-round pick for Butler and Justin Patton.
The saga around Butler’s desire started in September and stretched into the season with the turmoil and speculation surrounding Minnesota’s organization. Now in a situation where the Timberwolves had to trade Butler, they receive a compelling return of young talent.
Following the blockbuster trade, Twitter erupted with reactions and analysis to a deal that will surely shake up the NBA landscape.
Don’t know how the chemistry will ultimately work between Butler/Simmons/Embiid, but Philly now has a trio that puts it right back in the mix in the east with Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) November 10, 2018
That’s actually a pretty good return for Minnesota.
— Gregu (@gwiss) November 10, 2018
Minnesota gave themselves a logjam at PF, a 2nd round pick, and a guy who can start at SF on a non-contender.
— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) November 10, 2018
I am driving but I just heard the Jimmy Butler news and I'm very excited this is a voice to text tweet
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) November 10, 2018
Butler is going to give Embiid so much extra material for him to say to KAT on the court. The trash talk from JoJo will be brutal.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) November 10, 2018
Very VERY good trade for Philly. Has to at least make them even odds if not the favorites to win the east now with a big 3 of Butler, Embiid & Simmons https://t.co/dKcGY17Jm6
— Andrew Claudio (@AndrewJClaudio) November 10, 2018
“Here’s the 1st draft of your full-page ad thanking the Wolves for—-“
Jimmy Butler: pic.twitter.com/aJnrorZXig
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 10, 2018
Philadelphia would be able to offer Jimmy Butler a 5-year max worth about $190M regardless of their other salaries/cap situation (full Bird rights). Any other team would be able to offer 4 years/$141M. https://t.co/tW14PguEy0
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 10, 2018