Process this Sixers fans, you just got a whole lot better over the weekend when the Sixers acquired the formerly disgruntled and former Minnesota Timberwolf Jimmy Butler.
In exchange the Sixers ship over—and I mean ship because this is a boatload of players—forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick.
The Sixers also received forward Justin Patton.
And it isn’t a rental situation as sources say the Sixers have every intention of formalizing a long-term agreement with the four-time All-Star this summer—although nothing is allowed to be negotiated or agreed upon until Butler opts out of the final year of his contract after the season.
The Sixers will weigh Butler's physical condition and how he fits with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but they didn't give up such significant assets believing that this would be a rental situation.
The Sixers' odds to win the NBA title improved from 30-1 to 12-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and their odds to win the Eastern Conference went from 7-1 to 3-1.