Jimmy Butler trade: Report says Timberwolves complete deal with 76ers

Jimmy Butler trade: Report says Timberwolves complete deal with 76ers

But for now, it's time to discuss how each new Timberwolf fits into the Wolves plans for the current season, as well as the near future.

Butler is now in the Atlantic Division, and the Celtics road to the Finals just got a bit more hard.

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.

The full deal - which is scheduled to be filed with the league on Monday - sends Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jarryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

The 76ers, meanwhile, have gotten off to a slower start than expected.

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It does take away a little bit of their depth as Dario Saric and Robert Covington were important pieces for Philadelphia, but they have to give something up to get something back.

Also according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Thibodeau decided that a Butler trade needed to happen as soon as possible - following the Wolves' loss to the Kings on Friday night.

Simmons anticipates that the Sixers' big three would develop chemistry based on a common bond.

Jimmy Butler will play against the Timberwolves - as a Sixer - for the first time when the Sixers host the Wolves on January 15.