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Report: The Deal That Philly Sent To Acquire Butler Was The Same One They Used To Try And Get Kahwi

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Finally, the whole Jimmy Butler trade ordeal has reached a resolution.

Earlier today, the veteran shooting guard was traded from Minnesota to Philadelphia for Dario Saric, Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick.

It's a deal that brings plenty of positives to both sides...

Though, for the 76ers, it's a package that they have been waving around for quite some time now.

(via Jake Fischer):

The Sixers were thoroughly prepared to deal Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a first round pick for Kawhi Leonard in July. That was always their preferred for-star package.

What this means, is that Pop and the Spurs' front-office chose DeMar DeRozan over this multi-player package put together by the Sixers.

Obviously, the situations are different, and most would agree that Kawhi is a better player than Butler. But it kind of begs the question of whether or not Saric, Covington, and some picks are as valuable as they appear to be.

If they've been on the block since July, shouldn't they have been traded already?

It's still early, and a lot of things need to play out before anyone can judge the moves. Nonetheless, Philadelphia just made themselves that much better with the addition of Butler. A starting lineup of Simmons, Embiid, Fultz, Reddick and Butler is about as good as it gets in the East.

Now, instead of trying to get Kawhi, they can focus on beating him.