If he decides he doesn't like the atmosphere in Philadelphia, Butler can opt out of the final season of his current contract and test free agency this summer, but reports after the trade said the sides intend to agree on a contract extension after the season. Initially, Thibodeau said the team wasn't receiving offers that fit its parameters. "Once we got to that point where we felt we were getting multiple rotational players, then we felt it would be time to execute the deal".
"It's above everything", Butler said, per ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "I just look to compete and make winning plays".
Butler says that, despite the amount of attention that's been given to what his next move would be, his focus never wavered. "At least we know what we got and everybody is going to be on the same page". Butler's awkward and drawn-out departure created an icy atmosphere around the organization, but now that the deal is finally done, the Wolves have begun trying to warm the atmosphere back up.
Thibodeau disputed the idea that he is attempting to construct a win-now roster that would help ensure his own job security and highlighted the significance of the draft pick. Covington and Saric are two versatile players that allowed the Sixers flexibility with lineups and defensive matchups.
Thibodeau said he doesn't know whether Saric and Covington - who figure to be available for Wednesday's home game against the Pelicans - will start for Minnesota. Bayless is injured, rehabilitating a hyperextended right knee, and with a glut of point guards on the roster he's not expected to see playing time even once he's healthy. Players have gotten better, their development skills have gone through the roof. Redick, Philadelphia really doesn't have any players who can stretch the floor for them.
"I mean, the ball slipped out of my hand, so I had to do what I had to do", Fultz told reporters, per ESPN.com.
"We have to build off of that", he said. If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart.
"I spoke to many of Jimmy's teammates, ex-coaches, management staff and what I got out of it was what he just alluded to", Brand said.