Minnesota Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia 76ers


The Philadelphia 76ers have won the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported Saturday that Philadelphia is sending Dario Saric and Robert Covington to Minnesota in a package for Butler. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick. The teams will likely execute the trade on Monday.

And don't think there was going to be a breaking National Basketball Association story without Adrian Wojnarowski chipping in some promising info for 76ers fans, reporting they fully expect to sign Butler to an extension this offseason. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. Doing so would end any hope of the four-time All-Star landing with the Nets or Knicks in free agency.

Butler requested a trade from the Timberwolves before the season began. The team called it general soreness at the time, but Butler did not suit up again for the Timberwolves. With Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, however, they will have the firepower to compete in the Eastern Conference.

Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015.

The package is pretty surprising considering the reported deal that almost brought Butler to Miami.