Updated NBA Championship Odds: Jimmy Butler Trade Fallout

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Butler's first basket came just over two minutes into the game, when he took a pass from Embiid on the left wing, cut to the basket and finished an acrobatic layup.

After one season with the Wolves, Butler decided he wanted out. He joins rookie of the year Ben Simmons and All-Star Joel Embiid to form a trio of offensive talent.

Jimmy Butler #23 then of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball up court against the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China at Shenzhen Universidade.

Unlike any of these trades listed above, Philadelphia's trade package provides Minnesota with two young players who are entering the primes of their career.

In the case of Fultz, his shooting issues, including his double-clutch free throw Monday night in Miami, make moving him to the bench in favor of Redick, one of the NBA's elite shooters, an easy call. That's how I'm going to do it. I think that's the reason why everybody plays this game is to win the championship.

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Butler, 29, has averaged 21.8 points a game.

The other question surrounding the Sixers heading into this game was the status of Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick from a year ago who was replaced in Philadelphia's starting lineup by Butler.

"They have a couple of guys here who are really awesome", he said.

"I spoke to many of Jimmy's teammates, ex-coaches, management staff and what I got out of it was what he just alluded to", Brand said. He never played a game for them after injuring his knee while bowling, of all things.

If he decides he doesn't like the atmosphere in Philadelphia, Butler can opt out of the final season of his current contract and test free agency this summer, but reports after the trade said the sides intend to agree on a contract extension after the season.

The 76ers have struggled to close out games in recent history and while the arrival of Butler should help drastically in that regard, today they found the going tough against an energetic Magic team. "It is what it is, but I think that I'm an incredible human being and teammate, and I'll show that to the guys that are here".

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