Minnesota Turned Down FIVE Trades Before Sending Jimmy Butler To Philadelphia

Jimmy Butler and Kenny Atkinson

Aside from their inconsistent play, the other main storyline surrounding the Heat in the early going has been their pursuit of Jimmy Butler. That's more than enough time to get your act together as a team. I think everybody still has the same job to do, and everybody's expected to be the same player that they've always been. "It is what it is, but I think I'm an incredible human being, teammate and I'll show that to the guys that are here". The Sixers have been much better on the defensive end of the floor, where they rank 9th in defensive rating, as opposed to 21st in offensive rating, and there's no statistical evidence based on this season that Butler will improve Philadelphia defensively. They are incredible players but even better human beings.

Embiid missed, however, and while Ben Simmons would hit two free throws with 52.1 seconds remaining to tie the game at 106, a Terrence Ross 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left put Orlando ahead for good. Butler's prior locker room issues are well-documented. "[The trade] was an easy call for me". "But you have to be part of what's going on in the conversation in the National Basketball Association, and there's a lot of hypotheticals from that standpoint".

That saw Butler assume the role of primary ball handler in the final-quarter as Simmons was forced to take a surprise backseat with only nine points off a handful of attempts. "We'll find a way to make things work". Butler, for example, touched the ball just 41 times, according to Second Spectrum tracking data - his lowest total of the season and the sixth-most of anyone on the Sixers.

"But I see tremendous promise, and a tremendous fit from Jimmy into our system". That's how I'm going to do it.

En route to finally forcing a trade away from the Timberwolves to the 76ers, the All-Star forward's dominant personality was on full display in a saga spanning over a month. But I feel Markelle Fultz has been surrounded by insulation and friends and team family, and my judgment is he's fine with it. "I just look to compete and make winning plays".

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