National Basketball Association superstar guard Jimmy Butler is happy that he will be playing for the fast rising Phildelphia Sixers after he was traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Butler revealed he is excited to play for the Sixers and he is confident of the chances of the team in the ongoing NBA season.
“When guys go out there and they know how to play basketball, which everybody on this roster
does, it’s all going to fall into place,” Butler said at his introductory news conference on
Tuesday. “I don’t think that anybody is going to step on anybody’s toes. I think everybody
still has the same job to do, and everybody’s expected to be the same player that they’ve
always been. That’s why I think it’s going to be successful.”
Butler is expected to debut with the Sixers on Wednesday at Orlando. His home debut will be on
Friday against the Utah Jazz. Sixers GM Elton Brand for his part is also happy with the arrival of Butler to the team.
Brand earlier traded Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick to get Butler. “We have a championship window, and it’s important that we do whatever it takes to capitalize on it,” Brand said. “It was important to us to go get a superstar, to go get some young talent to help make that next step in achieving a championship.
“[Butler’s] goals match ours and the city of Philadelphia.” The blockbuster trade ended a two-month saga for Butler and the Timberwolves. The four-time All Star told Minnesota shortly before training camp that he wanted to be traded, which forced the Timberwolves’ hand because it was clear that Butler would not re-sign next summer.