The Philadelphia 76ers are approaching a pivotal summer of decision making this offseason. With four contracts on the books (and two headed for their expiration date), the Sixers will have to choose who stays and who goes. There is just not enough money to keep them all in town for the max.
For the longest time, folks assumed Jimmy Butler would be the odd man out. After all, he is still a bit of an outsider on the roster, and he rubbed shoulders with some of the team earlier in the season. It makes sense for Jimmy to move to Los Angeles anyway, it is where he has always wanted to be.
The Sixers have different plans.
According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, and contrary to popular belief, Philly is expected to offer Butler the max this summer.
"I've been talking to some executives this week and the executives, I think, now believe that the Sixers will [offer a max contract]," he said. "I don't know about the fifth year, like, full guaranteed, but yeah."
Although Butler's awkward fit has been noted, he is a fan-favorite and was one of the few to step up for them when it mattered most. His two-sided game is a rarity in the league nowadays, and the 76ers clearly see the value in his talent as a two-way player.
But what does it mean for the rest? If Butler accepts the deal, it would likely mean Tobias Harris will walk. Paying out all that money to a roster that has already proven to be flawed just would not make any sense.
Instead, they seem to be keen on sticking with a big-three of Butler, Simmons, and Embiid as they look to reach new heights in the 2020/2021 season.