Brett Brown reacts to Jimmy Butler’s comments on JJ Redick’s podcast
Butler has also been on record saying that not everyone on the Sixers had a common goal of winning a championship last season. The forward opted not to re-sign with the team in free agency, joining the Heat instead in a sign-and-trade deal.
Brown, when asked about Butler’s comments on Redick’s podcast, opted not to focus on the past:
Brown addresses Butler podcast comments: “It’s the same conversation i had with you all when we played Miami. My comments remain, he’s having a hell of a year in Miami, he’s in a good place, and we wish him well.”
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 11, 2020
Butler played 55 games for the Sixers in 2018-19 after the team acquired him from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The now five-time All-Star got multiple standing ovations from the Philly crowd during the 2019 playoffs.
However, now that he’s on the Heat after choosing not to re-sign with Philly, the Sixers fans booed Butler in both of his returns to Philadelphia this campaign.
Butler signed a four-year, $140.8 million contract with the Heat in the summer as part of a four-team sign-and-trade deal between Miami, Philly, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Sixers acquired combo shooting guard Josh Richardson from Miami.
Multiple reports have stated that the Sixers didn’t offer Butler a five-year max contract in free agency. There were also reports of tension between the team’s coaching staff and Butler last season, and it played a role in their decision not to re-sign Jimmy.
Butler’s heated argument with Brown during a film session shortly after Philly acquired him from the Timberwolves was downplayed by both men, but it’s clear the team was content with moving on from Butler, something which Jimmy likely took personally given how fierce of a competitor he is.