What an unbelievably amazing trade for the Philadelphia 76ers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the Sixers have acquired all-star Jimmy Butler and forward Justin Patton from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a future second round pick.
First off, let me get this out of the way…
What a horrible deal for Minnesota.
Covington is a high-energy player and Saric is a solid NBA starter, but you know that the Timberwolves have to be upset that this is the best offer presented to them. At the end of the day however, Minnesota had to move on from Jimmy Butler. It doesn’t take much to simply watch the Timberwolves this season and see that they’re a mentally broken team. Their star of the future, center Karl Anthony-Towns, simply hasn’t been playing at his normal all-star level with Butler remaining on the team. It’s clear that he was still mentally shaken by Butler and the circus that has surrounded him and the team. With Jimmy gone, Towns should return back to being the superstar that Minnesota desperately needs him to be (or at least he’s out of excuses not to be).
Moving on to the city of Brotherly Love…
Philadelphia has A LOT to celebrate with this trade. Jimmy Butler is the perfect piece to pair alongside with their dynamic 1-2 punch in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Philadelphia is a team that needed someone else to help carry these two carry the load, and while they hoped that former number one overall pick Markelle Fultz would fill that role, he hasn’t shown much promise during his time in the league. Even new Sixers General Manager Elton Brand has stated that the team was only “one piece away” from being a serious contender in the NBA, and they finally have that missing piece in Butler. Time will tell if this addition will be enough to topple other Eastern Conference adversaries, such as Boston and Toronto, but there’s no question that Philadelphia has leapfrogged their way into the East’s Elite.
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