Well, it's finally happened.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly traded Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jordan Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick
Jimmy Butler going to Philadelphia, a deal that becomes official on Monday, means the 76ers might have three All-Stars in the same season - something they haven't had in more than 30 years.
Butler, fellow returning All-Star Joel Embiid and probable All-Star Ben Simmons should be headed to Charlotte this February for the league's midseason showcase. The last time Philly sent three to an All-Star Game was when Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and Maurice Cheeks went in 1987.
A little bit has changed since then.
- That game was in Seattle, which no longer is in the NBA.
- The league had 23 teams, as opposed to the 30 it has now.
- That was also the last season where every NBA team averaged at least 100 points per game. This season, the league is on pace for that to happen again.