Butler's arrival in South Beach brought new life to a franchise that is fresh off losing its most iconic player to retirement. The team needed a new face and Wade believes his fellow Marquette alum fits the bill, per Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
“I’m excited for Jimmy, first of all,” Wade said. “I’ve always told him, and I think you guys heard it a lot, he’s a Miami Heat culture guy. So far, I’m sure that you guys can see that. So what he’s going to bring to that team is toughness, his form of leadership, his talent and abilities. It’s going to be a special year for him.”
It's safe to say that Jimmy Butler's reputation precedes him. The All-Star swingman is one of the grittiest players in the NBA and last season's fiasco in Minneapolis highlighted his smashmouth and no-nonsense approach even in practices, making him a seemingly-perfect fit for the Heat.
Miami is popular for its sink-or-swim culture. Head coach Erik Spoelstra runs grueling practices and Butler isn't someone to hold back even in scrimmages.
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The Heat aren't considered top contenders this season, but they're capable of pulling the trigger on a trade for another star to pair with Butler. When that happens, the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks would need to look over their shoulders.