Jimmy Butler is being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a package that includes Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and former Portland Trail Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless, according to multiple reports across NBA media.
Sources with @JonKrawczynski: Philadelphia is finalizing a deal with Minnesota to acquire Jimmy Butler.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
Deal includes both Robert Covington and Dario Saric, sources tell ESPN— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 10, 2018
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
Jimmy Butler and the Sixers fully expect to reach a deal on a long-term contract this summer, league sources tell ESPN. Sixers made deal with plans to add Butler to a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2018
Sources: Philadelphia's Jerryd Bayless has also been traded to Minnesota as part of Jimmy Butler deal. Covington/Saric/Bayless/2022 2nd for Butler and Patton. https://t.co/qSvFzjG5BU— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
Butler is scoring 21.3 points per game in 10 appearances for the Timberwolves this season after coming off the fourth consecutive NBA All-Star appearance of his career last year. He has been embroiled in contentious trade talks since before the season began.
Covington is a 6’9, 28-year-old small forward with defensive chops scoring 11.3 per game. Saric, 24, is a 6’10 power forward in his third year. He’s struggled this season after managing a decent year in 2017-18. The 30-year-old Bayless has not appeared for Philadelphia this season after suffering a knee sprain in early October.