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Jimmy Butler returns to Philadelphia to face Sixers on Nov. 23

Jimmy Butler, Heat

Miami Heat small forward Jimmy Butler returns to Philadelphia to face the Sixers on Nov. 23.

Butler played 55 games for the Sixers last season after the team acquired him from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The four-time All-Star small forward got multiple standing ovations from the Philly crowd during the 2019 playoffs, but that’s likely not going to be the case next season when Butler comes into Philly as a member of the Heat.

Jimmy Butler averaged 18.2 points with the Sixers during the regular season. He raised his points per game average to 19.4 in the postseason, where Philly lost to the Toronto Raptors in seven games in the second round.

Butler signed a four-year, $140.79 million contract with the Heat this summer as part of a four-team sign-and-trade deal between the Heat, Sixers, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Philly acquired combo shooting guard Josh Richardson from the Heat.

Butler will try and lead the Heat back to the playoffs after Miami missed it last season. The Heat’s roster is headlined by Butler, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Dion Waiters, Meyers Leonard and rookie Tyler Herro.

Butler, 29, has career averages of 16.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 523 games with the Chicago Bulls, Timberwolves and Sixers.