The relationship between Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers has been a mystifying one. After just one half-season, Butler left the Sixers to join the Miami Heat in free agency and Philadelphia slumped without him being swept in Round 1 of the playoffs.
After Butler led Miami to a Game 1 win in Round 2 over the Milwaukee Bucks, Joel Embiid was left to wonder “what if?” What if Butler stayed with Philadelphia? They were so close in 2019 losing in Game 7 to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors on a crazy buzzer-beater by Kawhi Leonard.
Whatever the case is, it’s clear that the Sixers need Butler more than Butler needs them.