Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
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Everything you need to know for Jimmy Butler's Sixers debut

Everything you need to know for Jimmy Butler's Sixers debut

Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who also coached Butler while he was in Chicago, talked about the trade and the players they got in return.

The Heat went 1-3 on this four-game homestand and has dropped six of its last eight games.

It's a disappointing move that had to be made with Fultz, who is scoring just 9.0 point per game, and dishing out 3.5 assits on just 41-percent shooting.

Simmons and Fultz still don't look comfortable pulling up, so Butler may have to motivate them. He said nothing changes for him, whether he's starting or playing in a reserve role. He never played a game for them after injuring his knee while bowling, of all things.

"I'm not looking, I'm listening and [general manager Andy Elisburg] and I are ... we've been doing this all the time".


"I mean, I don't know how I can keep saying it".

Making a dramatic midseason addition like this comes with complications.

Butler didn't like the fact the Wolves weren't willing to tear up their roster to give him a massive contract over the summer - although he continues to say his main motivation isn't money - and he didn't like the fact he felt Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins failed to have the same fire to win that he does.

"They have a couple of guys here who are really wonderful", he said. "For the most part, that's why I don't worry too much about what everybody says. But you have to be part of what's going on in the conversation in the National Basketball Association, and there's a lot of hypotheticals from that standpoint". One action they love is the two-man game between Embiid and JJ Redick, in which Embiid receives an entry pass at the elbow and Redick curls up from the corner. The ball just happened to slip. Brand said he still thinks Philadelphia is the best place for Fultz to develop, and that the trade for Butler wasn't about losing faith in Fultz, but simply pouncing on an opportunity to gain ground in an improving Eastern Conference. "It's obvious that he's been doing this for a long time". The four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection represents the big fish Philadelphia tried - and failed - to land in free agency the past two summers, and the one it clearly decided it wouldn't be able to get next summer, either.

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