Five years on, Sixers can make amends with Jimmy Butler

five years on, sixers can make amends with jimmy butler

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler.

In the 2019 offseason, the 76ers essentially chose Tobias Harris over Jimmy Butler when both players were unrestricted free agents.

In subsequent years, Butler — who ended up signing with the Heat —admitted that he wanted to remain a Sixer but "some things happened" leading to his departure.

Butler even reminded the Sixers franchise that they messed up choosing Harris over him after leading Miami to victory over Philadelphia in the 2022 playoffs.

Five years later, the Sixers have an opportunity to make amends with Butler.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers are "closely monitoring" Butler's contract situation with the Heat and could offer him a max extension if a reunion occurs.

"The Sixers view him as a fallback option if they are unable to sign Paul George in free agency," wrote Keith Pompey. "And, according to sources, the Sixers are prepared to give Butler a maximum-salary extension if things align and he forces a trade out of Miami."

The report added that Butler — under contract with the Heat through 2026 — is seeking a two-year max extension worth $113 million. However, Heat president Pat Riley didn't sound too enthused about extending his star player during his season-ending news conference earlier this month.

"That's a big decision on our part to commit those kinds of resources unless you have somebody who's going to be there and available every single night. That's the truth," Riley said.

Riley's comments sparked rumors of the Heat potentially parting ways with Butler this offseason.

Are the stars aligning for a Sixers-Butler reunion? Philadelphia would be doing right by Joel Embiid, who never understood the franchise's decision to let his dear friend depart in 2019.

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