Jimmy Butler has long been in the most awkward relationship in sports lately, basically showing up for work even though he hates everything about the organization that pays him. We’ve documented the story and dysfunction over the past couple months and, finally, we have a resolution.
That’s because, according to multiple sources, the Minnesota Timberwolves just sent Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers, with Minny, reportedly, getting Robert Covington and Darko Saric in return, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In addition to the trade, Woj is reporting that the Sixers and Jimmy Butler will work on a long-term deal together, keeping a Big Three together that could compete for titles in the next few years.
Butler, a four-time All-Star, is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game so far, so his addition to the Sixers sure seems to make Philly a legit threat in the Eastern Conference again. The team has been struggling so far, looking for more shooters to put alongside young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
As you might imagine, following the news, social media had a field day with the joy Jimmy Butler’s probably feeling right now. After all, rumors had been swirling about where the star might end up — with teams like the Houston Rockets coming to mind — but being moved to the Eastern Conference, and to a team like the Sixers, gives Butler a real chance at making an NBA Finals team.
Here are some of the A+ reactions on Twitter following the news.
While the trade does make the Sixers a more legit threat coming out of the East with three potential All-Stars in Jimmy Butler, Embiid and Simmons, does this trade close the gap between them and the Golden State Warriors? That’s something that’ll be fun AF to see, but here’s hoping someone, anyone, can challenge the back-to-back champs, because they’re making it look way too easy right now.