Embiid, Simmons welcome Butler to Sixers

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Posted at Nov 12 2018 09:50 AM

Ben Simmons #25 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers exchange a high five during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 27, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jesse D. Garrabrant, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Guard Jimmy Butler didn't get along with his young star teammates in Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

But the young stars in Philadelphia, which traded for Butler on Saturday, are ready to welcome Butler.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons told NBC Sports Philadelphia that they're happy to have him join the team.

"I think he's going to help us a lot offensively and especially defensively," Embiid said. "He's one of the best defensive players in the league. I'm excited to see where he takes us, and how much better we are going to look....

"With the type of system we play, we like to move the ball," Embiid said. "The ball goes through everybody's hands, so I don't think bringing someone else will take the ball out of my hands or Ben's hands. We are going to figure it out. I'm sure he's coming in here willing to fit in."

"We add another All-Star to the team, definitely," Simmons said. "A guy like him coming in that can score the ball, veteran leadership, experience, I think he's going to fit right in."

Butler has averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals through 10 games this season.

Butler, 29, requested a trade during the preseason.

The 76ers expect to agree to a long-term contract extension after the season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

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