Jimmy Butler's Sixers debut expected to be Wednesday vs. Magic


Jimmy Butler will be a Philadelphia 76er pending NBA approval, which is expected to be completed Monday.

Butler clearly missed the Sixers' 112-106 overtime loss Saturday night to the Memphis Grizzlies when Brett Brown was forced to play with just nine players.

With the trade call still pending, Butler's Sixers debut will have to wait until at least Wednesday in Orlando, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

That means Brown will have to be creative again with his lineups Monday night in Miami against the Heat. In Memphis, Brown rolled with a small lineup of Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, JJ Redick, Landry Shamet and Joel Embiid.

The Sixers were also without Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. Chandler could play Monday, which gives Brown another body to throw into his rotation. Muscala is out with a fractured nose and facial laceration.

Soon enough, though, Butler will be wearing a Sixers uniform and we'll finally find out how he'll gel with Embiid and Simmons — something we've been wondering about for the past 24 hours.

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