Stephen A. Smith Goes Berserk Reacting To Jimmy Butler Trade To 76ers

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Butler, an elite wing and outstanding defender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has left that league to join the Los Angeles Lakers following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.

The 76ers would be able to offer Butler a five-year max contract worth $190 million, while other teams could offer four years and a projected $141 million.

Just before the trade, Butler played down his rift with Karl-Anthony Towns and the trade speculation that has hovered over the Timberwolves since the start of training camp, telling The Athletic: "I don't focus on it". Harris and Taylor worked closely with the front offices, including Sixers general manager Elton Brand and Minnesota's Scott Layden and Thibodeau, on executing the trade. Now, it seems his wish has been granted as he was traded to the 76ers.

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Speaking prior to the 76ers' overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Simmons suggested that the addition of the four-time All-Star, who was acquired in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and Dario Saric, will elevate the team.

Needless to say, NBA Twitter was on fire after news of the trade broke.

Philly now has the luxury of unleashing Butler on the opposing team's best perimeter player, forming a versatile defensive spine, flanked by Simmons and Embiid.

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He had reportedly listed the NY teams, along with the Clippers among his preferred destinations after requesting a trade.

With Butler off the table, the Clippers can begin to focus on their current core of players and the rest of the National Basketball Association season. The next step for Philadelphia will be coming to an agreement on an extension for Butler, a pending free agent who made clear to Minnesota that he would not be re-signing there in 2019.

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