- Jimmy Butler has been challenging 76ers head coach Brett Brown and grumbling about his role on the team, according to a report.
- Butler’s displeasure has reportedly gotten to the point that some members of the 76ers have concerns about Butler’s long-term viability with the team.
- Some rival teams reportedly expect Butler to take meetings with other teams when he becomes a free agent this offseason.
- According to the report, Butler’s attitude further complicates a “tenuous” relationship between the 76ers’ three stars.
Jimmy Butler is less than ecstatic with his current role on the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
In the two months since joining the 76ers after forcing a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Butler has reportedly challenged Sixers head coach Brett Brown over his role on the team and the system.
According to ESPN, Butler has been “vocal in his contesting” of his role, including challenging Brown during a recent film session that some on the team thought was “disrespectful.”
According to the report, Butler would like to run more straight-forward pick-and-rolls, rather than blending into the 76ers’ motion offence. He has reportedly stated this desire to teammates.
Brown reportedly downplayed the issues, saying the challenges and back-and-forths are within the normal realm of their relationship.
Butler has a reputation for being a fiery competitor and blunt in his feedback. Previous reports indicated that Butler’s attitude rubbed some teammates and coaches on the Chicago Bulls and Timberwolves the wrong way.
ESPN’s report has bigger implications for the Sixers. According to Wojnarowski and Shelburne, there is some concern within the Sixers that Butler won’t be a good fit in their environment long-term. Butler can become a free agent this season, and when the Sixers traded for him, it was reported that both sides were interested in agreeing to a long-term contract this summer.
Furthermore, rival teams now reportedly believe Butler may take meetings with other interested suitors this offseason.
When the Sixers acquired Butler, there was some concern about the personalities of Butler, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons clashing. According to ESPN, Embiid and Simmons already have a “tenuous” relationship at times, and Butler’s challenges of Brown’s only threaten to complicate the chemistry between the three stars.
Since acquiring Butler, Embiid has also publicly complained about his role, saying he’s been used as a floor-spacer too much.
The Sixers are 25-14 and 14-8 since acquiring Butler.
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