Charania is reporting that the Sixers and Timberwolves will have a trade call on Monday to finalize the deal. The Sixers will weigh Butler's physical condition and how he fits with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but they didn't give up such significant assets believing that this would be a rental situation.
Justin Patton will also be sent to Philadelphia, and Jarryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick are also going to Minnesota, the person said. That deal reportedly included Josh Richardson and a first-round draft pick. When the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to terms with LeBron James, there was a thought they'd next focus on trading for Leonard.
That is contingent, of course, on Butler's ability to get along with his younger teammates - something with which he seemed to struggle in Minnesota.
Butler has one year left on his contract before he can decline his player option and become a free agent in 2019.
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While Wolves fans are surely sad to see Jimmy Butler leave, it's a new beginning in Minnesota and it's probably for the best now that Towns has signed his rookie extension and the drama in the locker room can be put to rest. Minnesota just finished an 0-5 road trip with a loss in Sacramento on Friday night and is 4-9 overall - winless in eight games on the road.
Butler, who turned 29 on September 14, has been an All-Star in each of the last four seasons.
Butler has two years remaining on the five-year, $92 million deal he signed with the Bulls in 2015. He's on pace this season to average at least 20 points for the fifth consecutive year.