Butler to make Sixers debut

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Oct 19, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a free throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Reuters/Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With his trade to Philadelphia officially finalised on Monday, four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler is expected to make his 76ers debut tonight at Orlando.

The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Butler and center Justin Patton to Philadelphia for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jared Bayless and a 2022 second-round draft pick. The NBA approved the deal on Monday.

Butler was not expected to be with the 76ers for Monday night’s game in Miami. He was introduced with his new team at a news conference yesterday.

Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand said pairing Butler with All-Star forward Joel Embiid and 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons puts the Sixers in contention for an NBA title.

Meanwhile, Golden State star Stephen Curry will miss at least two more games with a groin strain, Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has been sidelined since Friday and will not play in Monday’s road game against the Los Angeles Clippers or Tuesday’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Kerr said the Warriors were being extra careful because this is a “new injury for him.” “He’s never had a groin strain before,” the coach said.

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