The Philadelphia 76ers locked up the third seed in the NBA Playoffs with a Boston Celtics loss to the Orlando Magic Sunday night. The postseason is and should be the main focus, but it’s difficult to ignore the importance of this coming Summer.
A team source told PFO – Philadelphia that there is some doubt concerning the future of Jimmy Butler and the Sixers.
“I’m waiting to see him live up to any part of his reputation,” the team source said. “He doesn’t like being third fiddle.”
Unlike Butler, the team is confident Tobias Harris will be back with the team next year “unless something goes very wrong.” The sense around the organization is that Harris embraces the role as the number-three focus.
You may notice Butler says “as long as we’re winning, I don’t care” at the end of questions about play style and taking a backseat. To say Brett Brown, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons have catered themselves to Butler is an understatement.
One of the hot topics, circulating the internet, is the team’s defense. It’s easy to view Butler’s willingness to blend in as not putting forth effort, but the team has indicated that they’ve seen no signs of effortless behavior from Butler.
The concerning topic is Butler’s unwillingness to adapt to the team’s defensive philosophy, which is a system Simmons and Embiid prefer, according to the source.