The Jimmy Butler era with the Minnesota Timberwolves is a wrap. Butler will join Ben Simmons and and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, while the Sixers are sending a package that includes Dario Saric and Robert Covington to Minnesota.
Just before the trade, Butler played down his rift with Karl-Anthony Towns and the trade speculation that has hovered over the Timberwolves since the start of training camp, telling The Athletic: "I don't focus on it".
The Timberwolves have been a disaster this season with Butler openly vilifying team-mates as soft and demanding a trade, and with the team losing all five games on their latest road trip.
76ers coach Brett Brown talked before the season about the team shopping for a third superstar and they will get that with Butler.
Robert Covington #33 and Dario Saric #9. Embiid and Simmons have been the established stars on this team, but Butler tends to dominate franchises so it will be interesting to see how they feel taking a back seat to Butler. He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade. The 76ers and Butler plan to work out a long-term extension.
Minnesota also sent Butler out of the West, where he could have done a lot more damage to the Timberwolves in an already stacked conference.
In the end, Twitter wasted no time reminding everyone that the Sixers might have won the trade, but it's still the Golden State Warriors' world.