Jimmy Butler’s response to Chad Johnson’s challenge has people thinking he’s going to Heat
In spite of a tumultuous opening to the 2018-19 campaign–where he chastised his teammates with the Minnesota Timberwolves and demanded to be traded–Butler slowly found more of a rhythm with the Philadelphia 76ers, and was arguably their most consistent performer in the playoffs.
The Sixers initially appeared to insist on re-signing both Butler and Tobias Harris, but Philadelphia is exploring all options while Butler’s availability becomes an increasingly tempting prospect.
For well over a week, the Houston Rockets have appeared insistent on acquiring Butler via sign and trade, offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker in separate deals. But opposing teams have refused to indulge the Rockets, which has prompted other teams to make their pitch.
One team that had sought to acquire Butler from the Timberwolves was the Miami Heat, who now appear to be favorites to land the two-way star. Butler was apparently enamored with the way that the franchise honored Dwyane Wade in his final games, and will meet with the front office when free agency opens.
On Sunday morning, Butler responded to a tweet from former NFL star Chad Johnson challenging Butler to a game of one-on-one. Butler’s response has caused quite a stir about the potential that he will indeed go to the Heat:
ASAP after I get a contract done.. you’ll be the first I call. I want the footrace first tho. Slow ass. https://t.co/kdSlQTpBaI
— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) June 30, 2019
The Heat have limited financial flexibility, and would have to execute a sign and trade in order to bring Butler to South Beach.