NBA Notebook: Breaking down the Jimmy Butler trade through a Celtics lens

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The Jimmy Butler trade saga came to a surprising conclusion on Saturday afternoon with one of the C’s chief rivals acquiring the All-Star swingman and adding to their talented core. New Sixers general manager Elton Brand put his stamp on the franchise early by electing to move forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2021 second-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Butler and an injured Justin Patton.

The move carries some serious implications at the top of the Eastern Conference for both the short and the long haul as Butler sounds open to remaining with Philadelphia over the long-term when he hits the unrestricted free agent market this summer.

How exactly does Butler’s acquisition change the Sixers outlook in the East for this season and beyond? What options will they have available to them to add to the roster after signing Butler? And will this move change anything about the C’s team-building plan? Let’s explore all of the factors in play here with a Boston spin on the matters.