Reports: Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade deal
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 10:26 AM
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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.
Miami is finalizing a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia to acquire Jimmy Butler, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Sources: Philadelphia has signed-and-traded Jimmy Butler to Miami, with Heat sending Josh Richardson to the 76ers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019
Jimmy Butler got the full four-year max from the Heat, league sources said— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019
To complete the deal, Goran Dragic was initially reported to be heading to the Dallas Mavericks, per Ira Winderman of the Miami Herald.
As speculated here earlier today, Goran Dragic to Mavs as part of making cap space work on Butler deal. The Butler deal will leave the Heat hard-capped for 2019-20.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 1, 2019
Since then though, further reporting has shown that the Heat will instead get Derrick Jones Jr. and Kelly Olynyk.
Sources: Goran Dragic was not included as part of Miami/Dallas deal framework. He remains in Miami.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019
The Mavericks will acquire Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones from the Heat as part of the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019
The Mavericks are huge fans of Goran Dragic but could not take him back in the Miami sign-and-trade with Philadelphia that sends Jimmy Butler to the Heat because Dallas feared losing its flexibility to make additional moves this summer, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019