It took a few months for things to really get going, but the downside of the Jimmy Butler experience has arrived in short order. According to a new report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, there have already been heated discussions between Philly's new star and his head coach, Brett Brown.I'll let Wojnarowski and Shelburne explain their story in their own words before we get back to the commentary:Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler has aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team's Big 3 hierarchy, league sources told ESPN. Butler has been vocal in his contesting of Brown and his system, including a recent film session in Portland that some witnesses considered "disrespectful" and beyond normal player-coach discourse. Brown has told people within the organization that he had no issues with that exchange and considered it within the confines of the relationship that he's developed … [Read more...] about Report: Jimmy Butler has challenged Brett Brown on his role in the Sixers’ offense
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Less than 18 months after the Sixers traded up to take Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the enigmatic guard may have played his last game in Philadelphia. And while it may not have been very long, what a strange, strange trip it's been.This week, Fultz took a trip to New York to see some specialists — and reportedly not only to examine his shoulder, but also to examine his wrist, something that came as a surprise to those who follow the team. Making the news even more concerning was the timing, as just one day earlier Fultz was pulled back from the scorer's table just before half and replaced by T.J. McConnell, never to be seen from again.The next morning, Fultz's agent was on the phone with Elton Brand, telling the Sixers general manager that his client wouldn't be playing or practicing until he had been examined by those previously mentioned specialists. Needless to say, that's led to a ton of speculation regarding … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Markelle Fultz is probably done in Philly, but what could Sixers get back in a trade?
There's seemingly never a dull day in Sixers land — and Tuesday was no different.A day after guard Markelle Fultz saw his backup point guard duties handed over to T.J. McConnell, at least for one night, a report surfaced that the former No. 1 pick would be headed to see yet another specialist to have his shoulder examined.It was shocking to say the least, and not just to fans. The team was also caught off guard by the second-year guard's decision (or his agent's decision), which is concerning to say the least. When the news hit, it got me thinking back on the long and winding road that got the Sixers to this point after drafting Fultz out of Washington less than 18 months ago. For every one I remembered, I knew there was at least one I was forgetting. So, with that in mind, I decided to go back and lay out the entirety of Fultz NBA career in one easy to reference timeline.If it can help me, someone who gets paid to keep track of this kind of stuff, then it can certainly help … [Read more...] about A definitive timeline of the Markelle Fultz saga in Philadelphia
Joel Embiid scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers added to Miami's early-season struggles by topping the Heat 124-114 on Monday night. The win came hours after the 76ers finalized a trade with Minnesota to land four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who was in Philadelphia and not with the club in Miami. Butler will be introduced at the 76ers' facility in Camden, New Jersey, on Tuesday, before he flies to Orlando and makes his debut with Philly on Wednesday night against the Magic. JJ Redick scored 25 points, Furkan Korkmaz scored 16 and Ben Simmons and Mike Muscala each had 13 for Philadelphia. Goran Dragic scored 22 points for Miami, which got 17 from Josh Richardson and 14 from Wayne Ellington. The Heat have dropped three straight, all of them at home. It was the second time in a four-day span that Embiid went for at least 35 and 18; he had 42 points and 18 rebounds on Friday against Charlotte. Embiid was also 16 for 20 from the foul line — marking the … [Read more...] about Embiid Scores 35, 76ers Top Reeling Heat 124-114
Associated Press Published 1:21 PM EST Nov 12, 2018 Miami — All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend. Butler and Justin Patton were traded for Philadelphia, in exchange for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless along with a 2022 second-round draft pick. Butler will be introduced by the 76ers on Tuesday and is expected to debut with his new club Wednesday at Orlando. Philadelphia is playing at Miami on Monday. The deal gives Philadelphia a legitimate “Big Three” with Butler joining All-Star forward Joel Embiid and reigning rookie of the year Ben Simmons on a team that already was expected to be a major Eastern Conference contender this season. “We have a championship window that’s centered around the continued progression of our talented young core, as … [Read more...] about It’s official: Jimmy Butler traded to 76ers from Timberwolves