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It hasn’t always been smooth sailing with swingman Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers (or Butler and anywhere he goes), but there may be reason Butler will remain with the franchise.
Butler was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
It has led to lots of speculation — with Butler supposedly having at least one eye on the Los Angeles Clippers, who also supposedly have two eyes on him.
But could Butler remain next to center Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Perhaps, according to a report from Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Daily News.
“A Chicago insider thinks Butler will stay if the 76ers max him out, which remains the way to bet … but, of course, that depends on how the season ends and whether Jimmy goes off on anyone else,” Heisler wrote.
So far, Butler is averaging 19.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28 games with the Sixers. He has given plenty of All-Star-level performances and has had at least one dust-up with Sixers coach Brett Brown. He has proven to be a good guy, but not exactly the best teammate, wherever he goes.
Butler will also be 30-years old at the start of next season. So Heisler’s prediction is probably right on. What happens next with Butler, and whether the Sixers will offer him a max contract, depends largely on how things go from here.
But apparently, Butler is not opposed to returning if it makes sense, and especially cents, for him.