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Timberwolves trade Jimmy Butler to the 76ers

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The Eastern Conference just got a shakeup.

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Nearly two months after publicly requesting a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler finally got his wish. And it’s the first major shakeup of the 2018-19 season.

The Wolves agreed to send Butler, along with 2017 first-round draft pick Justin Patton, to the Philadelphia 76ers, in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

It’s hard not to like this deal for either side. Butler was disgruntled and ready to go, and Minnesota still managed to land two very good players who fit the timeline of Karl-Anthony Towns in return.

And Philly gets a bonafide superstar to complement Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, giving them a deadly trio that should make them contenders in the East for many years to come. Butler will be a free agent at year’s end, but the Sixers reportedly made the deal with an understanding that he would be extended, thus setting up their future.

This is an exciting move for the NBA, and certainly one that is relevant to the Golden State Warriors. For a while, it seemed as though Butler may be headed to the Houston Rockets, which could have set the table for an epic playoff series.

But instead he’s headed to Philly, where the 76ers now have a chance to be elevated into the East’s elite. If the Warriors can keep making the NBA Finals for the next few years, it seems more than likely that they’ll run into the Sixers eventually. And that sure would be fun.

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Which Eastern Conference team is the hardest out for the Warriors?

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  • 27%
    Boston Celtics
    (97 votes)
  • 35%
    Milwaukee Bucks
    (128 votes)
  • 7%
    Philadelphia 76ers
    (27 votes)
  • 29%
    Toronto Raptors
    (106 votes)
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