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Jimmy Butler traded to Philadelphia

Butler had requested a trade months ago

November 10, 2018 - 12:05 pm

The Jimmy Butler saga with the Timberwolves has come to an end.

The deal to send Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers is expected to be made official on Monday.

Also leaving the Wolves in the deal is center Justin Patton.

In exchange, the Sixers are reportedly sending to Minnesota Robert Covington, Darko Saric, and Jerryd Bayless and a future second-round draft pick.

Butler was traded by Chicago to the Timberwolves prior to the 2017-18, ironically, along with Patton, who was a draft pick.

The deal sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to draft pick Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls.

Injuries limited Butler to 59 games last season, but he averaged 22 points and nearly five assists per outing.

Butler demanded a trade during the offseason, and when a deal wasn't completed during the summer, he decided not to report to training camp.

Despite the drama surrounding Butler's status, the all-star joined the team on the practice floor just before the season started, and wound up playing in ten games.

Butler scored in double-figures in nine of those ten games, including 13 points Friday night in the Wolves' loss at Sacramento.

The Wolves just finished an 0-5 road trip when the trade was announced.

They have yet to win on the road this season, and take a 4-9 record into their next game, at home on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Covington is in his fifth NBA season, signing with Houston after going undrafted following his college career at Tennessee State. 

Daric played for the Croatian national team before joining the 76ers, who made him the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Covington and Daric have similar numbers this season. Both are averaging 11 points in 13 games.

In 12 NBA seasons, Bayless is averaging eight points per game.