Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

LeBron James reacts to Jimmy Butler being traded to Philadelphia

LeBron James reacts to Jimmy Butler being traded to Philadelphia

The move represents a rather drastic shift in the Jimmy Butler saga, and not just because it wrapped up one of the more dysfunctional team dynamics in recent memory.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves.

Butler will now team up with young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, greatly improving the 76ers' perimeter defence and bolstering their chances of a deep playoff run.

As I wrote in October, the 76ers needed to be aggressive in Butler trade talks as he reportedly had "eyes for them".

Jimmy Butler finally got his wish.

With the league offices closed for the weekend, the trade cannot become official until Monday when the trade call can take place.

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It also means Senate Republicans can continue to confirm new appointments that may arise for members of the President's Cabinet. Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.

In addition to the deal, the reports claims that Philadelphia and Butler expect to reach a deal on a long-team contract this summer. He was named an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, made third team All-NBA and second team All-Defense.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook installed the Sixers as 16-1 shots for the crown, down from 30-1.

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.

A few hours ago, Butler made headlines after getting traded from the Western to Eastern Conference.

The Timberwolves and 76ers play twice this season: January 15 in Philadelphia and March 30 in Minnesota.

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