MINNEAPOLIS-- The Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler are finally parting ways after several weeks of harsh words and awkward moments.
In a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Timberwolves landed Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a second-round pick, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The 76ers will also get Justin Patton in the deal.
Fans have mixed feelings about the trade.
Many on social media understand the difficult spot Butler put the front office in by requesting a trade and publicly voicing his frustration with the team.
Some fans like Owen Bushaw are also left wondering if a better deal was still out there.
“I liked that Houston deal better with the four 1st round picks, or that Miami trade with Josh Richardson,” Bushaw says. “Both felt like better deals for the wolves.
Jon Brown says he always thought the two sides, Butler and the wolves front office, would come together somehow. He's sad to see the team lose yet another super star.
“I just really hate to see him go. He’s a great athlete. He gets 20 and 10 every night that he’s on the floor,” Brown says.
Butler’s talent is undeniable, but Star Tribune Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine says the locker room situation was getting to a boiling point, with morale reaching an all-time low Friday night after another tough loss.
“For the health of the organization moving forward a move needed to be made,” Hine says.
The deal probably won’t be popular among fans, Hine says, but he feels it’s probably the best offer the team was going to get if they were interested in winning right away.
“It’s always tough when you’re the team that’s trading the best player in the deal. It’s never going to feel great, but it was necessary for the wolves to stay somewhat competitive.”
Hine says the wolves landed two serviceable starters in this trade, a lockdown defender who can shoot three-pointers in Robert Covington, and a promising young power forward in Dario Saric.
Both players are considered top 100 players according to many NBA insiders, but neither come close to Butler’s raw talent.
Hine feels both players should slide into starting roles sooner rather than later and time will tell whether the wolves will be a better team because of it.
Besides the play on the court, Hine feels the locker room situation will greatly improve day one and that’s something fans need to consider with this trade.
"It's finally over and I think a bit of a cloud has lifted over the organization."