The world scratched their heads when Jimmy Butler left the Sixers to join the Miami heat this past summer. At the time, it was believed that Philly was in a much better position to contend, and both sides seemed open to making a deal before Butler announced his deal with Miami.
So what happened?
According to Butler himself, there was something that helped push him away from the franchise — though, he never went into detail about what it was.
“Obviously, something happened,” Butler told The Athletic while lacing up his boots after the 76ers’ woodshed-worthy, 113-86 beatdown at Wells Fargo Center. “We’re not going to say what it was. We’re not going to go into detail. We can’t keep living on that. They can’t. But I’m happy, man. It brings me joy, being around this group of guys (in Miami). I don’t regret nothing, you feel me?”
He seems to have moved on from the past, and why shouldn’t he? Jimmy is having a career-year so far, averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.6 rebounds. The Heat are doing even better, boasting an 11-4 record and a 3rd place standing in the East.
Whatever it is that broke him off from Philadelphia, perhaps it was for the best. Both sides seem better off anyway.