Butler to Sixers makes life harder for Wizards

Ben Krimmel
November 10, 2018 - 2:49 pm
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Life in the Eastern Conference got harder for the Washington Wizards Saturday after four-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves sent the wantaway Butler and forward Justin Patton to the Sixers in exchange for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, guard Jarryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wonjarowski and Zach Lowe.

With the addition of another all-star talent to the East, the path out of the basement of the conference became that much more difficult for Washington.

Friday night the Wizards fell to 2-9 on the season after a 117-109 defeat to the Orlando Magic. The Wizards showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, coming back from 25 points down to make it a one-point game with 2:30 left, but ultimately couldn't steal the win. 

“We just got to come out there and compete. That’s all you can do," John Wall said after the game. "One thing it is, I already said, you can’t preach or teach effort and heart. You got to go out there and do that. Until we find everybody in this locker room . . . that want to commit to that on the defensive end, it starts with me and everybody else, we’re going to stay in this hole.”

Wall, who has spent the week in a back-and-forth with ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith about his time spent in D.C. nightclubs, scored 19 points on 9 of 21 shooting and added 12 assists in a losing effort.

Eleven games down, 70 to go.

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