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Sixers trade Jimmy Butler to Miami Heat, per report

Andrew Porter
June 30, 2019 - 9:08 pm

The Sixers are trading Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat, according to a report from ESPN

In exchange for Butler, the Sixers will be getting guard Josh Richardson from the Heat as part of the sign-and-trade. 

Richardson, 25-years old, is coming off of the best season of his career, averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 36% from three on six attempts per game. He has three years remaining on his contract for an average of $10 million per season. The last year of the deal is a player option. 

The deal ends a busy day for the Sixers, who signed Al Hoford, re-signed Tobias Harris and Mike Scott, but have now seen Butler and J.J. Redick leave. 

Butler, 29, is entering his ninth NBA season. Last season, Butler averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals in 55 games after being traded from Minnesota to Philadelphia early in the season. It was the first year since 2013-14 that Butler was not named an all-star. 

Butler was vocal about his desire to leave the Timberwolves and created, what was described as, a toxic situation before being traded. 

Butler was originally the 30th overall pick to the Bulls in 2011 out of Marquette. He was never heavily recruited as an elite prospect, and has continued to work hard to become one of the NBA’s best players. 

Just like in Minnesota, Butler questioned the desire of Chicago’s young players after a loss and was subsequently fined and benched during the 2016-17 season. Butler was traded in the summer of 2017 to Minnesota.

With the Sixers, Butler—in a contract season—was an exemplary teammate and became Philadelphia’s most reliable offensive player down the stretch of the games at the end of the season and into the playoffs. Butler averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists on 45.1 FG% / 26.7 3P% / 87.5 FT% in 12 postseason starts with the Sixers, playing a lot of backup point guard behind Ben Simmons.