Butler will put sport a fresh new No. 23 jersey in his first game on Wednesday night on the road against the Orlando Magic and the city will get its first take of the new look Sixers squad. Neither Covington nor Saric are as aggressive driving to the basket as Butler and Minnesota's offense will likely suffer as a result.
"KAT is shooting so much better from the 3-point line than Joel, and it seems like we can play with each other", Saric said, adding: "If I find a way how to play with Joel, I think I can find a way how to play with KAT".
On his first day in his new home, Jimmy Butler made it clear that he expects to fit in easily with the Philadelphia 76ers. "I think I'm great at shooting the ball, moving without the ball". If any of them needs my help, I'm always (going to try) to help them to the best of my ability.
Jimmy Butler was successful in forcing his way out of Minnesota, but the star swingman wants people to understand the difference between demanding a trade and becoming a problem within the locker room. The 6-foot-9 Covington was an All-Defensive First Team pick last season with a career-most 315 deflections and a defensive rating of 99.0 that led all forwards in the league with at least 30 minutes per game.
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The Haka, a Maori challenge, has long formed part of the pre kick-off routine of New Zealand , the reigning world champions. Brodie Retallick fumbled trying to gather Farrell's hanging kick and the hosts had an immediate chance to launch an attack.
Butler talked about when they get out there and play together and how it'll hopefully be a good story. On the court, he's demanding, he wants to win.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand said he also checked on Butler's background and came away satisfied. "It was an easy call for me". "He's a superstar player so we're definitely looking forward to having those discussions, but we can't have those yet". "Obviously win a championship". "And I think it will".
"They have a couple of guys here who are really unbelievable", he said.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Butler while he was in Chicago, talked about the trade and the players they got in return. "But you have to be part of what's going on in the conversation in the National Basketball Association, and there's a lot of hypotheticals from that standpoint". After one season in Minnesota, he told the Timberwolves just before training camp that he wanted a change of scenery.