Jimmy Butler is desperate to leave Minnesota as soon as possible but it’s still a risk for opposing franchises to trade with the Timberwolves due to what they may need to give up.
One of the franchises that have interest in Butler is the Philadelphia 76ers, they may be the right team to trade with due to their current position in the Eastern Standings. The Sixers are currently fourth in the East and are giving themselves every chance to go far in the offseason.
Although their start to the 2018/2019 season has been impressive, they still could very much use an extra star player to be a true Finals contender in the East.
A potential package that the 76ers could offer the Timberwolves that they may be interested in is Robert Covington and Dario Saric. With the Timberwolves poor start to the season and the Jimmy Butler controversy causing chemistry problems on and off the court, the franchise will be ready to make a deal as soon as possible and the depth of the 76ers may be valuable.
Covington would be a great asset and a great replacement for Butler for Minnesota with his much improved shooting this season with a team-high average of 42.2% after the first eleven regular season matches. Dario Saric would also be valuable to give the Timberwolves some depth when it comes to Power Forwards.
For the Sixers, this is just a gamble that the franchise should be willing to make considering the position they currently sit in on the Eastern Conference Standings.
With LeBron not competing in the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career, the chances of making the Finals for teams like the 76ers have increased. If the Sixers can acquire Jimmy Butler, they’ll have a pretty impressive trio of Butler, Simmons and Embiid that could do some serious damage come postseason if the three can gel on the court together.