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Miami Heat Expected To Acquire Jimmy Butler In Sign And Trade With The 76ers

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

The Miami Heat are reportedly finalizing a trade for Jimmy Butler with the Philadelphia 76ers.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the two teams began working on a sign and trade for the talented guard once free agency began Sunday night. It’s not known what kind of money is on the table at this moment.

This would be a huge get for the Heat. They need some star power, and Butler brings that in spades. It also wasn’t a secret that he was on his way out of Philly. (RELATED: Kevin Durant Will Sign With The Brooklyn Nets For $164 Million, Kyrie Irving Will Get $141 Million)

The chatter had been that he might be gunning for Houston, but it looks like that’s officially dead. Butler is bound for South Beach and a Heat uniform.

 

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This is one of the more surprising decisions in free agency so far. The Heat aren’t really expected to contend with much, and I think most people thought Butler would head somewhere he could play for a ring.

While he certainly boosts the Heat’s profile, they’re still not going to be contending for a title anytime soon.

With Butler on the move to Miami, it also takes one more piece off of the board for potential stars to join LeBron James and the Lakers.

I don’t think there was ever a high chance of him going there, but all stars get mentioned in LeBron speculation these days.

A bit of a surprising twist for sure. Best of luck to Jimmy Butler as he gets to now play in the warm weather of Miami.