Lakers’ LeBron James reacts to Jimmy Butler trade to Sixers
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally traded disgruntled small forward Jimmy Butler, sending the swingman to the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday afternoon and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James believes the trade is good for both teams.
The Timberwolves sent Butler and Justin Patton to Philadelphia in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick. Butler will likely make his Sixers debut Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.
Just like everyone in the basketball world, LeBron James knew Jimmy Butler was upset in Minnesota. The four-time league MVP says the Sixers are getting a good player, while the Timberwolves should benefit from having the drama removed from their franchise and locker room.
LeBron James and the Lakers won’t have to deal with Jimmy Butler now that the 29-year-old is back in the Eastern Conference. The four-time All-Star is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this season and shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 78.7 percent from the free-throw line.
James will never admit it, but he’s probably happy Butler is out of the Western Conference. Butler usually guards LeBron when the two stars match up.
The Lakers enter Saturday with a record of 5-6. LeBron is averaging 26.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.8 assists in his first season in LA.