Timberwolves reach Deal to swap annoyed star Jimmy Butler for the 76ers

Timberwolves reach Deal to swap annoyed star Jimmy Butler for the 76ers

The Minnesota Timberwolves & # 39; nightmare is over.

The Timberwolves have reached an agreement to swap sullen All-Star Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton with the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a second round. They asked for anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly before the official announcement of the deal.

The deal ends the chaos that surrounded the Timberwolves since Butler asked for a trade before the training camp began. Timberwolves president of the basketball business and coach Tom Thibodeau were reluctant to trade Butler unless he got players who could help the team to fight for a playoff spot. He was not interested in future draft designs.

In the last two weeks, there had been a boost to bring Butler to the 76ers who can employ a two-way player like Butler who can defend, score and provide three-point shooting, the Sixers with Ben Simmons and the guards Markelle Fultz on the grid.

The Sixers start at a decent 8-5 start, but they only have one road win and are 20th in the offensive efficiency. The presence of Butler should improve the offense and give the All-Star Center Joel Embiid more leeway to act offensively.

While the move on paper looks good, how will Butler's direct approach affect the Sixers and their chemistry? It certainly helps that the team already has veterans in J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson. The loss of Saric, who was ready for a slow start, and Covington, who had become a first-rate starter as an unnamed free agent, will be difficult at first in the locker room.

Butler will be a free agent after this season, and although he and the Sixers can not agree to a long-term deal, the idea is that Butler will re-sign with the team in the off-season. Philadelphia acquires the Butler's Bird rights and can sign him in July for a 190 million deal over five years.

As direct as Butler can be, the Sixers can not distract him. It will help Philadelphia have a coach, Brett Brown, who is a master at managing team dynamics.

The Sixers were expected to be among the best teams in the East this season. If Butler knows enough, they should be able to compete with Toronto, Milwaukee, and Boston for a conference championship.

Minnesota is traveling to Philadelphia for a game on January 15, and the Sixers are playing the Timberwolves on March 30. NBA TV will televise both games.

For the Timberwolves – with a disappointing 4-9 start – the trade was necessary. The presence of Butler had a negative impact on some team members – especially the all-star center Karl-Anthony Towns, which had to contend with consequences this season.

Shortly after his trade request, Butler came to his first practice and She created more drama through screaming, teammates and employees and then went to ESPN The Jump with Rachel Nichols to voice his grievances. Nevertheless, the Timberwolves were reluctant to trade Butler because they believed he could help them win.

The poor start of the season, when Butler was eliminated for health reasons, and a five-stage defeat prompted Minnesota to complete the deal.

Covington and Saric fit in with Minnesota, who needs help in his 28th-rank defense, and now the Timberwolves can beat the Butler distraction.

Follow Jeff Zillgitt from USA TODAY Sports on Twitter @JeffZillgitt

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