The Philadelphia 76ers thought they struck gold when they traded for Jimmy Butler. Now it appears Butler may be fool’s gold. Recent events suggest there may be trouble brewing in Philly. Butler has become Philly’s new headache.
Two months have passed since the trade went down and Butler has been causing trouble. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramone Shelburne, Jimmy has aggressively challenged head coach Brett Brown about his role on the offense. His inability to get acclimated with the team’s environment could lead to questions about where he stays long-term or not.
Shelburne cited film session incident between Brown and Butler. Some players described it as disrespectful. This is not the first time he has had issues with teams.
In Minnesota, Butler became infamous for going out of his way to make a point during practice. He dominated both ends of the floor against third stringers and challenged Karl Anthony-Towns (KAT) directly. Afterward, he publicly expressed his frustration with how KAT and Andrew Wiggins were performing. They both received max contracts and Butler didn’t.
If Butler wants a max contract, he’s not doing a good job pleading his case. First, he has become a problem child everywhere he goes. Secondly, he seems to have a problem with authority which may not end well for anyone involved with him.
As a guest on the JJ Redick Podcast, Jimmy spoke about the time he told to go to practice. “First of all, I have a real problem with authority. When someone tells me, what do as a grown man, I have a problem with it.”
Butler proceeded to go back and forth with Minnesota’s management about whether he would practice or not. He clearly thinks he should be able to do whatever he wants and won’t listen to anyone. If he won’t listen to any coach and continues to be disrespectful, how can any franchise consider giving him a max contract?
The one thing Jimmy does have going to him is his God-given talent. He is one of one the best two-way players in the NBA. His passion for the game is something most players can appreciate. At the same time, his skills will only take him so far if nobody ones to deal with his attitude.
Any team that considers signing Butler to a max deal is going to have to assess whether they can handle his insubordinate behavior. Failure to do so will result in utter drama. For now, Philly is dealing with it and so far, the relationship with Butler isn’t looking so great.