What Jimmy Butler trade means to Celtics

What Jimmy Butler trade means to Celtics

What Jimmy Butler trade means to Celtics

Jimmy Butler is set to link up with Aussie NBA star Ben Simmons at the Philadeplhia 76ers. The max he can earn is five years, $190 million, and while other teams are hesitant about that length of a deal for Butler, the Sixers have cashed in key assets and are all in now.

Butler comes to Philadelphia having played 10 games for the Timberwolves this season and is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on an efficient 47 percent shooting clip from the field.

Jimmy Butler's situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves came to a head Friday night, according to reports.

Details of the trade, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, were not disclosed. Philadelphia and Minnesota will swap injured players Jerryd Bayless and Justin Patton as well, as part of the deal that will reportedly be finalized on Monday. Sources say the NBA All-Star has been traded to the Philadelphia Sixers.

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The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook installed the Sixers as 16-1 shots for the crown, down from 30-1. ESPN noted the deal was also made with the intention of reaching a long-term contract extension for Butler this summer.

The Wizards have started the season 2-9 and now have the worst defense in the National Basketball Association. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 23 games past year while dealing with a knee injury.

Philly now has the luxury of unleashing Butler on the opposing team's best perimeter player, forming a versatile defensive spine, flanked by Simmons and Embiid.

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