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'Spectacular disaster': Wantaway NBA star to join Simmons' 76ers

'Spectacular disaster': Wantaway NBA star to join Simmons' 76ers

The tumultuous tenure of Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves came to a close Saturday as The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the All-Star is heading to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves grant Jimmy Butler's trade request. Butler, a free agent at the end of the year, had leverage to pick his destination, because he could leave as a free agent this upcoming summer if dealt to an undesirable location. Harris and Taylor worked closely with the front offices, including Sixers general manager Elton Brand and Minnesota's Scott Layden and Thibodeau, on executing the trade.

This story will be updated shortly.

Butler told the Timberwolves in September he wanted to be traded, and it took weeks for the team to find a deal it would accept. Butler averaged 21.3 points in 10 games for Minnesota this season. With a history of coming up big in clutch moments, Butler is a legitimate threat to beating opponents single-handedly and completes its "Big 3" alongside All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. He was named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, made third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense.




The four-time MVP has struggled to replicate his Cavs form in Los Angeles with the Lakers now 5-6 for the current National Basketball Association season.

The deal also puts the 76ers in the box seat to sign Butler next year to a maximum five-year $US190 million ($A263 million) contract - more than any other team. Porter and Butler play the same position.

He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade.

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