Report- Jimmy Butler trade: NBA star’s move to Philadelphia 76ers questioned | Other | Sport

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Updated: November 10, 2018
Jimmy Butler trade: NBA star's move to Philadelphia 76ers questioned | Other | Sport

That is the opinion of FOX Sports journalist Colin Cowherd.

It emerged on Saturday night that Butler is set to join the 76ers, with Phildelphia’s Robert Covington and Dario Saric – as well as a 2022 second-round draft pick – going the other way.

Before the 2018/19 season began, Butler expressed his unhappiness at the Minnesota Timberwolves, demanding a trade.

No franchises could agree a deal with the petulant yet talented shooting guard, but the yuppie 76ers roster appear to be the benefitting side.

NBA insider Shams Charania revealed the news on Twitter, posting: “Sources with @JonKrawczynski: Philadelphia is finalizing a deal with Minnesota to acquire Jimmy Butler.

“Philadelphia package to Minnesota includes Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and likely a draft pick, league sources said. Sides exchanged medicals to complete deal.

“Minnesota has traded Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a 2022 second-round draft pick, league sources tell me and @JonKrawczynski.”

The move is expected to be finalised within the next week and is a big addition to the 76ers roster which has so much potential already in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

The Philadelphia outfit are 8-5 this season and the addition of Butler will doubtless improve their attack.

Cowherd likes the move but does have his reservations, posting on Twitter: “Butler, Simmons and Embid (sic) are big time talents. No question.

“I like the move. Aggressive. But there are some feelings that could get bruised. Egos here. Can’t wait to see it unfold.”

The Eastern Conference has been portrayed as inferior to its Western counterpart in the last four years as the Golden State Warriors have created a dynasty.

Cowherd, who has covered basketball for over 30 years, believes the East is growing in strength, though.

“IMO, the media has overvalued the West the last couple years,” he wrote.

“Lots of dysfunction. The East is now very strong at the top. MIL, TOR, BOS, PHI all loaded w top talent. In the end, good for the league.

“In 2018, you give me three stars in the East, and I really like my chances. Wonder what the Celtics are thinking today? Fun move.”