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The Philadelphia 76ers swingman, Jimmy Butler, has a player option on his contract for the 2019-2020 campaign, but that would not stop his current team from trying to hold him back.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, the 76ers "still hope to sign him again this summer" after acquiring Butler via the Minnesota Timberwolves trade in November.
Philadelphia wants to keep Butler in the long run even after Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com have announced that he "has been aggressively challenging coach Brett Brown for his role in the offense, thus complicating an already tenuous chemistry ".
This was particularly noteworthy since the All-Star's four-time time with the Timberwolves ended in a tumultuous manner and it included an infamous practice that saw him shouting against members of the bureau and his colleagues. teammates.
However, Brown rejected the idea that he was hostile, by a tweet of Serena Winters from NBC Sports Philadelphia: "I never felt like there was, what was the word? aggressive? It was two people talking … It does not mean that something difficult is disrespectful … I like dialogue. "
Lowe provided a more detailed background to the incident, noting that Butler's objections only came to light in a film study during which Brown asked if anyone wanted to weigh it. In addition, an assistant coach encouraged T.J. McConnell to discuss her thoughts, and Butler spoke about the role of the guard as well as his own.
The 76ers raise some concerns, which Lowe addresses in his column.
Ben Simmons' low shooting ability limits what the team can do in attack. Butler has the potential to be a dominant scorer when attacking, but often plays the ball with Simmons. Depth problems are a major problem after Robert Covington and Dario Saric traded Butler – especially with Markelle Fultz.
There is also the balance of having three legitimate stars on the player list in Simmons, Butler and Joel Embiid.
"I do not like to feel like a waiter, as if I was serving them food," Brown said, according to Lowe. "Although, sometimes, you have to be … Joel needs a contact … Ben needs to be posted … Jimmy needs a game." You're hoping the offense will dictate who will have the balls, but it has been a challenge. "
Nevertheless, Philadelphia is 16-7 years old when Butler plays and ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. If the season ended today, he would have the advantage of playing at home in the first round and he still has this trio of players to take in hand.
The team wants to see if it can become a long-term competitor with its new Big Three, and it will apparently do everything in its power to sign Butler again for the off season.