The Miami Heat have acquired Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade that will send Josh Richardson to the 76ers according to multiple reports.
Miami is finalizing a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia to acquire Jimmy Butler, league sources tell ESPN.
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Butler will sign a max contract with the Heat when things become official. The wing spent the end of last season with the 76ers after being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves following pre-season drama. There were plenty of indications that he and his teammates in Minnesota did not get along.
Miami reportedly persuaded Butler to go to South Beach based on how well their fans treated Dwyane Wade during his farewell tour last season.
Butler is an eight-year veteran who has played for the Bulls, Timberwolves and 76ers in his career. The four-time All-Star averages 16.7 points per game for his career and also is a good perimeter defender.
While the Heat did have Wade for the last season and a half, they have been looking for a star ever since LeBron James left Miami. With Butler in the fold, Miami has gotten its start to build around.
The 76ers received a decent young player in Josh Richardson, who averaged 16.6 points per game last season. Philadelphia could be thin at guard next season with JJ Reddick reportedly leaving, so Richardson could play a major role next year for the 76ers.
Update: Two more teams have been added to the trade to make the deal work. Mo Harkless and a future first-round pick are going to the Clippers. There is no report on what the Portland Trail Blazers will receive as part of the deal.