The off-court drama has finally ended – Jimmy Butler is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers are trading role playing swing-man Robert Covington, Croatian forward Dario Saric, together with veteran guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick for Butler and forward Justin Patton.
Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau has decided after their fifth consecutive loss (against the Lakers), the team could not function with Butler in their line-up. In the trade, one goal of the Minnesota organization was accomplished – sending Butler to the East.
Did the 76ers win the trade? Perhaps not.
Butler adds to their star value and officially cements a traditional big-three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. His ability to create his own shot, as well as his high intensity is a great fit for the 76ers budding talents.
However they gave up two of their key players in Saric and Covington. Saric’s who averaged 14 points and six rebounds last year, has natural offensive talent, however his lack of speed can be exploited by faster paced teams. Sarics’ contribution in defense has been largely negligible.
Covington on the other hand, is an exceptional defender. He is usually tasked to defend their opposition’s best perimeter player. Covington’s 3-point shot might be missed by the 76ers too but in comparison to Butler, they are relatively in the same ball park. Covington is averaging 39% and Butler 37.8% from deep this season.
Head coach for the 76ers now has to decide who to start at the number four position.Leave a comment