Jimmy Butler Traded to Philadelphia 76ers: Report

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler reacts to a play on April 23, 2018, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Butler reportedly yelled at his GM during a practice on Wednesday amid his demand for a trade. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly granted Jimmy Butler's trade request.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania and The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski, the Wolves have sent Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a 2022 second-round draft pick, league sources confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

Philadelphia reportedly agreed to the trade with the intention of signing Butler to a long-term contract this summer, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

The 76ers will be able to offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $190 million as a returning player, while other teams will be limited to four years and a projected $141 million, according to ESPN.

Butler will join a Sixers roster that already includes fellow all-star Joel Embiid and 2018 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons.

The 29-year-old guard, who is expected to become a free agent this summer, requested a trade prior to the Timberwolves media day in September and has made his displeasure public throughout the first month of the 2018-19 NBA season.

One anonymous NBA pundit told the Daily Express last week that Butler "humilitated" the franchise in the process and that Minnesota was making a poor decision in how it handed the situation.

"They should control the situation and tell Jimmy Butler that he isn't playing until he is traded," he explained. "Because Jimmy Butler is right now humiliating the franchise by saying he wants to leave and wants a trade."

"He's waving the towel with the Golden State Warriors fans," he said following the Timberwolves' loss to Golden State.

Butler is currently averaging 21.3 points, 4.3 assists and 5.2 rebounds in 10 games this season.

Minnesota president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, who had previously coached Butler with the Chicago Bulls, decided that the team could no longer function with the disgruntled guard as a part of it late Friday night, sources told ESPN.

The Sixers, who previously had 30-1 odds of winning an NBA title, have improved to 16-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as well as having their Eastern Conference title odds jump from 7-1 to 3-1.

Philadelphia is currently third in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division with an 8-5 record.

Sources told ESPN that Bayless is expected to be waived by the TImberwolves, but the organization is still making a decision on his status.

Newsweek will have more information on this story as it develops.

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