Reports: Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade deal Global on Jul 01, 2019 10:26 AM
Reports: Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade deal
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After arriving in a November trade that capped one of the 2018 calendar year's longest-running sagas, Jimmy Butler proved crucial to the Philadelphia 76ers' ascension toward the top of the Eastern Conference, hitting clutch shots and keeping the offense humming while providing shutdown defense.

And he'll apparently be doing that for an upstart rival next season, as multiple reports indicate that the Heat will acquire Butler in a sign-and-trade deal that sends Josh Richardson to the 76ers. Miami offered a four-year, maximum contract.

Per reports, swingman Jimmy Butler will be joining the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, maximum contract. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the deal, with confirmations and additional detail quickly following from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Marc Stein of The New York Times.

To complete the deal, Goran Dragic was initially reported to be heading to the Dallas Mavericks, per Ira Winderman of the Miami Herald.

Since then though, further reporting has shown that the Heat will instead get Derrick Jones Jr. and Kelly Olynyk.

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