Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to 76ers

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The Miami Heat have been one of the teams at the forefront of trying to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Buttler, but on Saturday morning it was the Philadelphia 76ers who managed to get a deal done to bring in the All-Star.

At the time of identifying his preferred trade destinations, Butler reportedly did not include the Lakers on the list.

The trade will reportedly be finalized on Monday on a call with the league office.

Minnesota president and coach Tom Thibodeau decided late Friday night after a fifth straight loss that the team could no longer function with Butler as a part of it, sources said. After weeks upon weeks of one of the weirdest trade sagas in recent National Basketball Association memory, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a decision to send Butler back to the Eastern Conference.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is also reporting that the Sixers "fully expect" to sign Butler to a contract extension this summer. The Philadelphia 76ers are sending two key players to Minnesota to land a third superstar to pair with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

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

Butler is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 10 games this season.

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