Butler-to-Heat trade finalized after adding Blazers, Clippers

Free agent swingman Jimmy Butler is headed to the Heat in a four-team trade.

The Miami Heat’s trade for Philadelphia 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler will now include the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Per Wojnarowski, the Heat will send center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers, guard Josh Richardson to the Sixers and a protected 2023 first-round pick to the Clippers needed to clear the salary-cap space for Butler.

Meanwhile, as reported earlier, the Blazers acquired Whiteside for big man Meyers Leonard and forward Maurice Harkless in the trade — with Harkless and his $11 million expiring contract being re-routed to the Clippers, Wojnarowski reported.

Butler, 29, is signing a four-year, $142 million maximum contract with the Heat, according to Charania.

The 76ers acquired Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in mid-November. He averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 55 games for the 76ers. In the playoffs, he upped those numbers to 19.6 points, 6.1 boards and 5.2 dimes.

Richardson, 25, averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.8 minutes in 73 games last season for the Heat, shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 86.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Heat have actually been looking to trade Whiteside for the past several seasons, and Whiteside reportedly wanted a trade after opting in to a $27 million contract earlier this month.

Whiteside, 30, averaged 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in 72 games last season. But he started just 53 of those and averaged 23 minutes per game, a season low during his time in Miami.

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