Sixers news: Jimmy Butler will hit free agency after declining player option
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Report: Sixers’ Jimmy Butler will hit free agency after declining player option

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To nobody’s surprise, Jimmy Butler will decline his $19.8 million player option with the Philadelphia 76ers and will become a free agent this summer, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes adds that the 76ers still have plans of trying to bring back Butler, who’s seeking a max contract.

However, Philadelphia will face some stiff competition, as Butler will be one of the top free agents on the market.

The Sixers originally acquired Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves back in November. Butler ended up playing in 55 games with the 76ers, averaging 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals over 33.2 minutes per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from 3-point range and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Butler, who played his collegiate basketball at Marquette, was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (30th pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

He was primarily a bench player in each of his first two seasons, but in his third year in the league, he became a full-time starter, averaging 13.1 points and 4.9 boards a night.

Butler then broke out in his fourth season, registering 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals across 38.7 minutes per game while making 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 83.4 percent of his foul shots en route to an All-Star appearance.

The 29-year-old went on to make four straight All-Star appearances, three of which came with the Bulls. During the summer of 2017, Chicago traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent all of one season before demanding a trade in dramatic fashion.