Two former Big East basketball stars will now be playing for a new team after a blockbuster deal. The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly sending superstar forward Jimmy Butler along with center Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers. The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
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.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 10, 2018
Jerryd Bayless is also part of the deal, as Shams later added, as he will head from Philly to Minnesota.
The deal means that the disgruntled Butler, a former Marquette Golden Eagles star, will now have the new digs he wanted. The expectation was that he wasn’t going to be playing for the T’Wolves for much longer. Evidently, that’s now the case. Patton, the former Creighton Bluejays standout meanwhile, now gets a chance to play for a new squad after things haven’t really worked out as much as the former 1st rounder wanted them to.
It also likely means that the Sixers now go from one of the premier teams in the Eastern Conference, and a favorite to win the conference, to now possibly being the team to beat. I mean, hey: Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid is a hell of a trio.
What’cha think of this trade, BECB’ers?