The Philadelphia 76ers made their all-in move trading for Jimmy Butler in the hopes of a forming contending Big 3, flanked by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski , the Philadelphia 76ers "fully expect" to reach an agreement on a long-term contract with Butler this off-season.
The 76ers acquired Butler in a trade for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a second round pick, so keeping Butler beyond this season had to be a huge priority for the Sixers.
Butler will likely opt out of the final year of his deal to become an unrestricted free agent. The good news for the 76ers is since their traded for Butler, they also traded for his Bird rights, allowing them to go over the salary cap to give him a five-year maximum contract.
"I love to work. I love to grind. I've always been like that. That doesn't change now... If anything I just take it up a notch."@JimmyButler on fitting in with the culture of Philadelphia. #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/OsDSTQW84z- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 13, 2018
It was reported in July that Butler turned down the Timberwolves' extension offer, reportedly worth $110 million over four years. His situation resembles that of Chris Paul's last season which saw the point guard sign a four-year, $159.7 million extension this off-season, after being traded from the Clippers prior to the start of the 2017/18 off-season.
Through 10 games this season, Butler has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game.