Jimmy Butler is set to finally escape Minnesota after the Timberwolves and Sixers agreed to a trade that may have just created a new superteam in the Eastern Conference. Butler will join Ben Simmons and and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, while the Sixers are sending a package that includes Dario Saric and Robert Covington to Minnesota.
Days after beating the Timberwolves in the Staples Center, LeBron James gave his reaction to the deal hours before a road game against the Kings.
“I don’t know… I mean, obviously we all know what’s been going on in Minnesota with Jimmy from the beginning. So I guess they both feel – I mean I think it’s good for both sides, I guess. They weren’t happy, Jimmy wasn’t happy.
… I think were a contender before. It only enhances what they are able to do. They’ve got Ben and Joel and now you add in Jimmy, I think that is going to be a very, very good team.”
James and the Lakers may be thankful that Minnesota chose to deal Butler to the Eastern Conference instead of accepting the Rockets’ haul of first-round picks and creating another obstacle in the West. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Timberwolves wanted to avoid sending Butler to a potential rival in the race for a playoff spot.