Reports: Heat complete four-team trade for Jimmy Butler

NBA.com Global on Jul 02, 2019 08:06 AM
Reports: Heat complete four-team trade for Jimmy Butler
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NBA.com staff report

Jimmy Butler is headed to the Miami Heat in a four-team deal that involves the Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal reportedly will send Hassan Whiteside to the Trail Blazers, Josh Richardson to the Sixers, Maurice Harkless and a future first-round pick to the Clippers, and Meyers Leonard to the Heat.

Butler reportedly met with Miami right when free agency began on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) and made it clear that he wanted to join the Heat. He is expected to sign a four-year, $142 million deal.

After arriving from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a November trade that capped one of the 2018 calendar year's longest-running sagas, 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.

In 55 games with the 76ers, Butler averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 46.7 percent overall and 34.7 percent from 3-point range. Playing alongside a stacked starting five in Philadelphia, particularly after the deadline acquisition of Tobias Harris, Butler averaged fewer than 20 points for the first time since 2014-15.

But the ball often ended up in Butler's hands during crucial moments, both as an initiator and finisher. A four-time All-Star who also earned four All-Defensive Second Team nods in his eight seasons, Butler wields a two-way skill set that has long been held in high regard, though his always-on intensity has occasionally led to infamous flare-ups. Most notably, Butler's first preseason practice appearance for the Timberwolves last season lit NBA Twitter on fire with its by-the-minute, can-you-break-more updates on scrimmage success and soul-crushing trash talk.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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