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Not surprisingly, Jimmy Butler held center court one day after being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.
And not surprisingly, Butler has high hopes for himself and his new team.
“When guys go out there and they know how to play basketball, which everybody on this roster does, it’s all going to fall into place,” Butler told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. “I don’t think that anybody is going to step on anybody’s toes. I think everybody still has the same job to do and everybody’s expected to be the same player that they’ve always been.”
Butler requested a trade during the offseason and was the centerpiece of a package that sent Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a second-round pick to the Timberwolves. The Sixers also acquired center Jason Patton in the deal.
Philly will now feature a fearsome threesome of Butler, center Joel Embiid and guard Ben Simmons. Along with adding a star swingman in Butler, the Sixers created an available roster spot.
They have been linked to everyone from Cleveland Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver to New York Knicks wing Courtney Lee to even Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony, who reportedly is on the verge of being waived.
Nonetheless, Sixers general manager Elton Brand indicated he’s in no hurry to fill the spot.
“Despite what’s been reported, we’re going to take our time and evaluate the landscape,” Brand said, via Derek Bodnar of The Athletic. “We’re in no rush.”
Right now, it seems, the Sixers are focusing on how far they can go with Butler, and Butler finally seems focused on the task at hand instead of his next destination.
“I already got enough money to have me and my family set for the rest of my life. It’s not about the money,” said Butler, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of the season. “I have to love where I’m at and have a great chance to win a championship.”