The Timberwolves are granting disgruntled Jimmy Butler his trade request after all.
After months of speculation and rumors of the 29-year-old forward growing unhappy with his role with the Timberwolves, Butler is heading to Philadelphia to play with the 76ers, according to multiple reports.
The Athletic reported Saturday that Minnesota has traded Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless in addition to a 2022 second-round draft pick.
Sources: Philadelphia’s Jerryd Bayless has also been traded to Minnesota as part of Jimmy Butler deal. Covington/Saric/Bayless/2022 2nd for Butler and Patton. https://t.co/qSvFzjG5BU
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, according to ESPN. Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season. However, Butler can opt out after this season.
Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Butler appeared in 10 of the Timberwolves’ 13 games this season and leaves as the team’s top scorer (21.3 ppg).
Butler is expected to make his debut with the 76ers on Wednesday against the Magic in Orlando, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Formalities on the trade with the league are expected Monday, Wojnarowski reported, as are player physicals.