At long last, the Jimmy Butler-Wolves saga has come to a close, and boy, were there fireworks.
The Sixers had largely been on the periphery of the Butler trade talks as focus shifted to teams that didn't have the. 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.
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After months of bickering and a poisonous locker room with his Minnesota Timberwolves, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler has been granted his wish and is set to be traded to the 76ers. ESPN noted the deal was also made with the intention of reaching a long-term contract extension for Butler this summer. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way - Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them - as top candidates. There are also concerns, though they clearly didn't put off Philadelphia.
Embiid and Butler are two of the better trash-talkers in the league, and now together on the same team, they will be able to do some serious damage when it comes to talking trash.
When asked about the arrival of Butler ahead of tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Simmons said he "can't wait" to play with the four-time All-Star. So far, he's averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, both of which are career-bests.