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Ben Simmons talked to Jimmy Butler after Sixers’ blockbuster deal

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The Philadelphia 76ers acquired small forward Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday, and Sixers star Ben Simmons says he has already spoken to his new teammate.

The Sixers traded forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick to Minnesota for Butler, who is a four-time All-Star and one of the best two-way players in the game, along with Justin Patton.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were both consulted before the Sixers finalized the deal to get Jimmy Butler. The 29-year-old swingman has a history of getting into beef with teammates. Most recently, Butler had issues with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota.

Butler, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 if he declines his 2019-20 player option, plans on re-signing with the Sixers in the offseason on a long-term deal, assuming he doesn’t butt heads with Simmons and Embiid.

In 10 games this season, Butler is averaging 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 47.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Ben Simmons and the Sixers are 8-5 on the season. The reigning Rookie of the Year is averaging 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.0 assists through 12 games while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor.