Goodbye, Jimmy. The Northwest Division loses yet another wing not as good as Joe Ingles. Jimmy Butler joins a long line of elite small forwards in the Northwest Division trying to escape Joe Ingles: Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, and Kevin Durant. Jimmy Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, and 2nd round pick.
Minnesota has agreed to a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package that includes Robert Covington and Dario Saric, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
After winless 5-game road trip that ended with loss Sacramento on Friday night, Tom Thibodeau had come to realization that the Wolves couldn't win with Butler in this dysfunctional environment, sources said. He told associates that Minny wouldn't play another game with Butler.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Minnesota accomplished one of the goals it set for itself in trade talks: Sending Jimmy Butler to the Eastern Conference, not to a Western rival. A deal with Philadelphia made more sense for the Timberwolves once Miami pulled Josh Richardson out of talks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
The Minnesota Timberwolves are able to get good value while keeping Butler out of the Western Conference (until he leaves for the Los Angeles Lakers next year).
Joe Ingles is averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.7 steals on 39% shooting from three.