Did Jimmy Butler signal the end of his 76ers tenure?
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Thursday night, Jimmy Butler seemed to post a goodbye to the city of Philadelphia. Butler will be a free agent at the end of this season.
When Butler was acquired by the 76ers, it was believed that he would re-sign with the team. However, that may not be the case now, at least according to Butler’s post.
In the post, which can be seen below, it says, “to philly. and my teammates. THANK YOU. ❤️❤️”
He was acquired in a blockbuster deal with the Minnesota Timberwovles on November 12, 2018. He was acquired with Justin Patton.
In exchange, Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, and Dario Šarić, and a 2022 second-round draft pick.
Patton was released by the 76ers on April 3rd. If Butler’s post is indeed a goodbye, then Philadelphia will have no more players on their active roster from this deal.
The 29-year-old Houston, Texas native is set to cash in this summer. He can receive a max contract to a team that signs him on June 30th when the NBA free agency frenzy starts.
After being acquired by the 76ers, he started 55 games. He also had 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game.
Before the trade to Philadelphia, Butler was a disgruntled player with the Timberwolves. He even forced his hand by sitting out and refusing to play.
He made 10 starts in Minnesota before his exit during the 2018-19 season. Butler averaged 21.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 36.1 minutes.