(via NBC Philadelphia)

Even though everybody was expecting Jimmy Butler to join a Championship contender, the two-way superstar shook the world by completing a sign-and-trade move to join the Miami Heat.

However, the latest reports point towards the Philadelphia 76ers trying to whatever it took to convince Butler to extend their stay at the City of Brotherly Love, but it was Butler when one to decline their offer.

As per NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh, Elton Brand, and the Sixers offered Butler the five-year, $190 million max contract, exactly the one he was demanding, but he rathered join the Heat on a $141 million contract that will keep him at South Beach for the next 4 seasons.

The Sixers got Josh Richardson in return for Butler’s services thanks to the sign-and-trade deal they completed with Pat Riley and the Miami Heat.

Also, they secured the signings of Tobias Harris to a five-year deal worth $180 million, as well as former Boston Celtics’ star Al Horford on a four-year deal worth $109 million.

Now, they’ll be one of the toughest teams in the Eastern Conference ahead of next season, even despite losing JJ Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans and the aforementioned Butler.

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