NBA Twitter has fun reacting to Jimmy Butler's reported trade to 76ers

NBA Twitter has fun reacting to Jimmy Butler's reported trade to 76ers

Ben Simmons is getting another All-Star to help his Philadelphia 76ers launch a serious strike on the National Basketball Association championship.

In Philadelphia, Butler will join a young, up-and-coming contender built around two All-Star-caliber players in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook installed the Sixers as 16-1 shots for the crown, down from 30-1.

As I wrote in October, the 76ers needed to be aggressive in Butler trade talks as he reportedly had "eyes for them".

Needless to say, NBA Twitter was on fire after news of the trade broke.

They sit in third place in the Eastern Conference behind front runners the Toronto Raptors and second-placed Milwaukee Bucks, who feature Australians Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker.

The 76ers, meanwhile, have gotten off to a slower start than expected.

Butler, a shooting guard and small forward, is an elite scorer and defender.

It was almost midnight inside the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento on Saturday, and Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden was the only one in the crowded room still working. Considering Minnesota has already identified its core, for better or for worse, gaining valuable complimentary assets like Covington and Saric strikes me as a bit of a coup, considering the offers they left on the table. The 76ers are shipping Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and a 2022 2nd round pick in exchange.

Butler and the Sixers "fully expect" to come to terms on a long-term contract this summer, Wojnarowski added.

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