However, Stein went on to say that the deal involving Butler could actually hamper the Sixers in an attempt to add Korver to the mix, as the best apparent salary fodder for a deal ($8.6 million in the form of Jerryd Bayless) was sent to Minnesota.
"There are some really talented teams [in the Eastern Conference]".
After one season with the Wolves, Butler decided he wanted out.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand said he also checked on Butler's background and came away satisfied.
Before the game, both Brown and Butler acknowledged there was going to be an adjustment period, but Butler said playing hard would solve much of it. They are incredible players but even better human beings. Our model now pegs the Sixers as a team to avoid in the futures market, with a championship probability of just 3.6%. I think that's all part of it.
Now that the season's first blockbuster trade is complete, our writers got together to offer thoughts on the deal and what it means moving forward. But he can start by making a good impression on his new team and fanbase Wednesday night when he makes his Philadelphia debut against the Orlando Magic. They then went on an 11-2 run to close things out to give Orlando a 111-106 victory and spoil Butler's first game with Philadelphia.
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It's a disappointing move that had to be made with Fultz, who is scoring just 9.0 point per game, and dishing out 3.5 assits on just 41-percent shooting.
Fultz played in just 14 games last season due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder.
Butler is a very demanding teammate and can be a hard player to get along with. "We hope that we see the fit there this season because we know what kind of talent he is", Brand said. If you know me, if you're around me, you know my heart. "Once we get to that point where we felt we were getting multiple rotational players, we felt it would be time to execute the deal".
That's still a ways down the road. With Butler on the roster, there will be an increased expectation for the Sixers to win this season.
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