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Heat Sign Jimmy Butler After Four-Team Trade With 76ers, Trail Blazers & Clippers

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported the deal. “Jimmy Butler deal is complete with Heat — with Clippers added as a fourth-team in trade that also includes Philadelphia and Portland, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.”

Jimmy Butler will sign a max contract, the 76ers will get Josh Richardson from the Heat. Maurice Harkless, who the Trail Blazers sent to the Heat with Meyers Leonard for Hassan Whiteside earlier in the day, will go to the Clippers in the deal and they will also get a future first round pick from the Heat to take on Harkless.

Despite the addition of Maurice Harkless, the Clippers will still keep enough cap space open for a max player. Harkless has significant playoff experience to surround Kawhi Leonard, in case he chooses to sign with them.

Jimmy Butler opted out of his $19.8 million player-option for next season and became a free agent and the 76ers were willing to cooperate with potential sign-and-trade scenarios to avoid losing Butler for nothing.

Signing Butler is a step in the right direction for the Heat. While he seemed to take a backseat to Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris at times last season, averaging 18.2 points in 55 regular season games with the 76ers (his lowest since 2013-14), Butler was clutch when the team needed a closer and he also contributed with 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game and shot 46.1 percent from the field.

Butler shined in the playoffs, averaging 19.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals on 45.1 percent shooting in 35.1 minutes over 12 games and he played very well in the second round against the Raptors, averaging 22.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists in seven games.

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