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Thursday / July 2.
  • Jimmy Butler joins 76ers in trade from Wolves, expected to sign long-term deal

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired disgruntled forward Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Charania reports the Sixers will also acquire big man Justin Patton while sending Dario SaricRobert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick to the Wolves.

    With physicals set for Monday, the earliest Butler could debut with the Sixers is Wednesday at Orlando, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Butler will join stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to give the Sixers their own “Big Three” in the Eastern Conference, where they hope to challenge Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee for supremacy.

    The Sixers now have the fourth-best odds to win the NBA title at 12/1, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.

    Butler is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but Wojnarowski reported he is expected to sign a long-term deal with the Sixers next summer. Because they own his Bird rights, the Sixers can sign Butler to a five-year deal worth $190 million, while other teams can sign him to a four-year contract worth $141 million.

    Butler requested a trade before the season began and has played intermittently since then, averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.