MIAMI – It took more than two days, but Philadelphia 76er coach Brett Brown could finally talk about getting Jimmy Butler ahead of Monday’s 124-114 win over heat.
And now when the four-time All-Star is finally in the week, Brown can not wait to start working with him when Butler joins the team for Wednesday’s match against Orlando Magic.
“I mean where do you start,” Brown said at the American Airlines Arena. “I think it defensively, and with the physicality he plays with, and he replicates … he reflects the spirit of philosophy.
” He is a tough competitor, and it’s the toughness he plays with. It is who he is. He wears it on his face. It is seen in his game. It is confirmed by several All-Defensive teams, and it is a perfect fit for our city and our program defensively. “
There are great questions about how Jimmy Butler fits next to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Sixer’s fierce crime. 19659008] All-Star Forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after the team and Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office on Monday the terms of trade agreed over the weekend.
In the wake of Jimmy Butler’s forthcoming trade from Minnesota to Philadelphia, the center of Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns and beyond Andrew Wiggins had only praise for his retirement.
The trade to send Butler from Minnesota Timberwolves to Philadelphia agreed that Saturday was not officially completed until a trade call between the two teams took place on Monday morning. With that out of the way, but the deal – which sent Butler and Justin Patton to Sixe rs and Robert Covington, Dario Saric , Jerryd Bayless and a second round choose to Wolves – customer announced, mercifully finish a six week story since Butler requested a trade.
Under the road, Butler did plenty of things to try to speed up his retirement – from sitting out of training camp to come back and break his silence in a television interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to sit out in regular games due to of “general tenderness”.
But when asked about what happened in Minnesota, and if it was a concern for him when Butler came to Philadelphia, Brown said that as long as the communication line is open, he does not see a problem.  “He and I have FaceTimed, we’ve talked on the phone, we’ve gone there and it’s a comfortable conversation,” said Brown, who said he was talking to Butler while he walked 20 minutes. “I get everything flying around, but this is NBA, this is my job and how we integrate into a rather strong culture and fabric. We are six years old. It’s not like we have no way We perform and how we play. It’s on display. We’ve been doing this for a while.
“To inherit him, to absorb Jimmy in our culture and in this locker room, I’m worried, I’m extremely excited. What I know is he cares and he competes. You take the two qualities and all other things? I’ll figure it out. I’ve got it. I think I have it.
“I’m just very happy to take him to the program. I think he’s at one stage in his career, in his basketball life, where I think we can help him as much as he can help us. I hope that he believes so much as I say. “
The second question about Butler’s arrival is what it means for Philadelphia’s starting line-up. Sixers has already had a complicated arrangement for navigating before the trade, which last year’s first election, Markelle Fultz, has started the first half of the game, with JJ Redick replacing him to start the second half.
On Monday, Sixers started both Fultz and Redick together with Ben Simmons, Wilson Chandler and Joel Embiid. When Butler comes Wednesday he will take one of these places – with the overwhelming likelihood that Fultz will replace him. With Simmons, Butler and Embiid on the floor, Philadelphia needs both quality shooters and players who do not need the ball around them – something Redick’s and Fultz are not.
Brown said he knew what he would do, but he was not ready to discuss it.
“In my head I know [but] in my mouth, I will not say that,” he said with a smile. “I do not feel comfortable now and explain it to the market.”
“So tonight we’re rolling. But it’s something like it all, it’s not a sniper. I hope it’s well thought out. I know it’s well thought out.”
Brown also said it was difficult to see Covington and Saric leave the team. Now in his sixth season with the franchise, Brown had trained both players since they arrived in Philadelphia – Covington 2014 and Saric in 2016. “It was the natural human pain that you will lose two friends and two teammates and two people I know to I raised, “said Brown. “We know we prepared Dario at the end of my first year and we knew he would not come for a while and we would visit him in Spain and I would see him every year in Turkey. And Covington came out of this jack-up 3-betting program in the Houston Game of the Houston team, and we learned that he could actually play defense and grew to become a first player [All-Defensive team] and when someone [we] thought much to give him $ 60 million.
“So both of the two young men saw you blossom and grow in front of our eyes. And you know you’ll miss it. “