The 76ers, meanwhile, have gotten off to a slower start than expected. After his well-documented trade saga started to stretch into the season and impact the Minnesota Timberwolves' ability to win basketball games, Tom Thibodeau and company decided to make a move.
The Jimmy Butler saga has seemingly come to an end in Minnesota, as ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski are both reporting that a deal has been struck with the Philadelphia 76ers.
"Including the $30.7M Jimmy Butler free agent hold, Philadelphia will have roughly $21M in cap space for 2019-20". Harris and Taylor worked closely with the front offices, including Sixers general manager Elton Brand and Minnesota's Scott Layden and Thibodeau, on executing the trade. ESPN reports that Butler and the Sixers are expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer. But the idea of a core featuring Embiid, Simmons, Butler, and another star is scary.
Philadelphia will become Butler's third team, after Chicago and Minnesota.