Sixers Officially Acquire Jimmy Butler

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

The Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves finalized their blockbuster deal on Monday. Four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler joins the Sixers along with Justin Patton. Meanwhile, Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a second-round pick head to Minnesota.

Butler and Patton will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday with Butler making his debut on Wednesday in Orlando. Patton is nursing a foot injury and is out indefinitely. 

Here’s the Sixers official release:

Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has acquired four-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Philadelphia also received Justin Patton in the deal, while Minnesota received Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Šarić and a 2022 second-round draft pick in exchange for Butler and Patton.

Elton Brand on the deal:

We have a championship window that’s centered around the continued progression of our talented young core, as well as our ability to add elite players who elevate our program,” Brand said. “In Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, we have two of the NBA’s top 20 players. Now, we’ve added a third top-20 player in Jimmy Butler, who is one of the NBA’s very best on both ends of the floor. This move further strengthens our pursuit of a championship and gives us a formidable combination to take on the league’s top teams.

With this trade, we’re also excited to welcome Justin to the organization and look forward to his contributions in the coming months. I want to thank Cov, Dario and Jerryd for all they did for this team. They are friends, former teammates and well respected in our locker room. We’ll miss them, but I’m confident they’ll continue to excel in their careers.

Sixers Managing Partner Josh Harris:

Jimmy Butler is one of the NBA’s very best two-way players and he is a tremendous addition to the 76ers roster,” Philadelphia 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris said. “His scoring prowess, tenacity on defense and overall competitiveness are perfect fits alongside Joel, Ben and our talented roster. By acquiring Jimmy, Elton Brand did a terrific job in further positioning our team for long-term success. I also want to wish Robert, Dario and Jerryd continued success in their NBA careers. They were true professionals and great teammates during their time here.

Sixers Co-Managing Partner David Blitzer:

The future of the 76ers organization got even brighter today with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton,” Philadelphia 76ers Co-Managing Partner David Blitzer said. “Jimmy Butler is one of the NBA’s truly elite players, a player capable of changing the game on both ends of the floor. We’re excited that he’s now a Sixer as we continue our quest of winning an NBA title. I also want to thank Robert, Dario and Jerryd for all they did during their time in Philadelphia. They are consummate professionals; great players and they truly embraced our city and fans. We were fortunate to have them as members of our organization and I wish them continued success.

Butler is going to make his Sixers debut when the team visits the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. His home debut looks to be set against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

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