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All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is officially a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and landed in town on Monday.
“I’m ready to get started,” he told John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia while sitting in a vehicle and signing autographs. “We got some things to figure out, but all in all I look forward to it.”
When asked what Sixers fans should expect, Butler answered, “Hard-playing, guy that wants to win. We got some things that we want to get done here. We want to win, we want a championship. With the core group of guys we have, we’ll figure out a way to get it done.”
Butler was acquired by the Sixers in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that was announced Monday. In return, the Sixers sent forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless and a second-round pick to Minnesota.
Butler requested a trade during the offseason and created a bit of stir after, but was finally moved after the Timberwolves seemingly wanted to put an end to the drama.
On the floor, he joins center Joel Embiid and guard Ben Simmons as the Sixers’ centerpieces and is indeed expected to help turn them into a serious Eastern Conference contender.
Butler, 29, is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists so far this season.