After a time frame that was less than 24 hours but felt like months, the sign-and-trade sending Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat has been completed.
As expected, the Sixers will acquire promising wing Josh Richardson from Miami. Richardson is expected to step into a sizable role as part of the Sixers’ revamped starting lineup.
It originally seemed as if Miami was going to send guard Goran Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks to make the deal work financially, but due to an apparent miscommunication, that portion of the deal died. Miami had been looking for a Dragic suitor, but instead will trade many-time Joel Embiid troll victim Hassan Whiteside to Portland. Portland was originally prepared to send Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless to Miami, but the Heat have redirected Harkless to the Los Angeles Clippers, who will be compensated with a future Miami first-round pick for taking on the final year of the deal and allowing the Heat to finalize their acquisition of Butler.
Because of the Stepien Rule barring a team from having two consecutive outgoing first-round picks, Miami is not allowed to trade a first-round pick until at least 2023 because as we all know, they do not own their 2021 first-rounder.
For the Clippers, the acquisition of Harkless does not take them out of the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes — they still have enough cap space to give him a maximum deal.
And so for the Sixers, the Jimmy Butler era ends after just a handful of months.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers are sending the Clippers the draft rights to Mathias Lessort, who the team selected with the 50th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.