When his request was not met in the first 13 games of the regular season, he openly criticized the team and chose to rest for select games. Woj doesn't say if the Sixers plan to offer all of that or something smaller, but if you are Butler and turning 30, you need to get as much money as you possibly can because this might be the last mega-deal. Philadelphia and Minnesota will swap injured players Jerryd Bayless and Justin Patton as well, as part of the deal that will reportedly be finalized on Monday.
Philly now has the luxury of unleashing Butler on the opposing team's best perimeter player, forming a versatile defensive spine, flanked by Simmons and Embiid. Butler gives the Sixers made a Big Three that includes Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
And don't think there was going to be a breaking National Basketball Association story without Adrian Wojnarowski chipping in some promising info for 76ers fans, reporting they fully expect to sign Butler to an extension this offseason.
The deal also puts the 76ers in the box seat to sign Butler next year to a maximum five-year $US190 million ($A263 million) contract - more than any other team.
The Celtics will certainly have their hands full the next time they face the Sixers. What this ultimately means for Markelle Fultz is also something to watch.