The 76ers' All-Star appears to be on track to ruin another National Basketball Association franchise this season after he "aggressively challenged" Sixers coach Brett Brown over his role in Philadelphia's offense, ESPN reported, citing sources. However, the Sixers remain committed to trying to make it work.
Less than two months after he used a series public criticisms, run-ins with teammates and management, and trade demands to essentially force his way out of Minnesota, four-time All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is reportedly "aggressively challenging" Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.
Rival teams reportedly believe that Butler will talk to other teams this summer interested in signing him.
Right now the Philadelphia 76ers are 25-14 and hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He missed Friday's practice and his status for Saturday's game against the Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET - watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension) remains in serious question.
Butler hopes to play in more pick and roll sets on offense as opposed to finding his shot in the flow of the offense, according to the story.
"In searching for answers, Butler has met privately with Brown and his coaching staff, as well as general manager Elton Brand, league sources told ESPN" it added.
Butler, 29, is an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
"We're coming together", Brown said, according to ESPN. You don't just click your heels and throw Jimmy Butler in and everybody's going to be playing the same way and style. So, my job is to grow a team.
There's always a feeling out period when acquiring a new player, especially in season.
Problems with Butler could compound issues with the sometimes-volatile relationship between Embiid and Simmons which flared up on Monday when the former accidentally elbowed the latter in the face when the pair went up for a rebound and Embiid reacted angrily.