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 will be introduced with his new team at a news
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.
--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
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.
--With Carmelo Anthony's departure from the Houston Rockets
seemingly imminent, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Anthony's
representatives spent Monday contacting NBA front offices
regarding a potential new home for the 10-time All-Star forward.
Anthony will not travel with the team for Tuesday's game against
the Denver Nuggets, marking his third straight missed game with
the Rockets. The organization says he out with an illness.
General manager Daryl Morey called speculation about Anthony's
future as "unfair," but ESPN notes the Rockets could place
Anthony on waivers as soon as Monday. Wojnarowski notes that
several GMs and their respective coaches are discussing whether
Anthony could be helpful to their organizations, however, it's a
tough time of year for teams to make roster moves, and
"patience" could be Anthony's best short-term course of action.
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