The Jimmy Butler experiment in Philadelphia may not be going as swimmingly as was expected back in November.
A new ESPN report says that Butler, in less than two months with the team, is challenging 76ers head coach Brett Brown.
In particular, the All-Star is reportedly voicing his concerns on his role in Philadelphia's system.
From the report:
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.
Butler has expressed a desire to teammates that he hopes to play in more traditional pick-and-roll and isolation sets, rather than trying to find his place in the Sixers free-flowing offense, league sources said. 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.
Both Brown and Butler claim that their is no love lost between the two even with this behavior. According to the report, the 76ers are committed to keeping Butler on the team with the new "Big Three" alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Since playing with the 76ers, Butler's production has dipped to 18 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31 minutes per game. All are the worst averages in the past five years of his career.
In Minnesota the 29-year-old also was verbal about his discontent before demanding a trade shortly after. It led to a long period of Butler sitting out of Timberwolves games and practices.
Collectively the 76ers is 25-14 (16-8 since the Timberwolves trade) and at fourth place in the Eastern Conference Standings.
The 76ers play the Wizards on a back-to-back on Tue, Jan. 8 in Philadelphia and Wed., Jan 9 in Washington.
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