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Report: Sixers’ Jimmy Butler has challenged Brett Brown about role in offense

Brett Brown, Jimmy Butler

The plot thickens in Philadelphia as enigmatic star Jimmy Butler is challenging Philadelphia 76ers head coach over his role in the offense, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Woj reports one recent film session in Portland featured Butler getting “‘disrespectful’ and beyond normal player-coach discourse.”

The Sixers are dealing with a delicate situation as they are trying to integrate Butler into the flow of the offense while keeping Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons involved.

Butler’s challenge of his head coach is not surprising in the slightest. The small forward is an unbelievably talented player, but this is becoming a pattern for him.

Woj reports that Brown was fine with Butler’s challenge and all sides are still trying to make things work in the long run.

There is one curious aspect about Butler’s challenge of Brown. In Minnesota, Butler said he wanted out because he didn’t think they could win. Philadelphia is 16-5 with Butler, which makes it pretty clear that winning might not be his only concern.

Butler is set to become a free agent this summer. In all likelihood, he’ll command a max contract in free agency. Of course, his penchant for becoming a malcontent might have some teams not willing to break the bank for him.

Despite Philly’s winning ways since acquiring Jimmy Butler, the team still has some issues to work through. Joel Embiid and Butler are still trying to learn how to play together, and Ben Simmons is just starting to incorporate a mid-range jumper into his game. It’s on Brown to figure things out and make it all work.