Following the ESPN report on Friday that the Philadelphia 76ers were in a bit of turmoil, as All-Star Jimmy Butler supposedly has not been happy with his role in the offense and was upset with coach Brett Brown, comes a report of a response from Butler's agent.
On ESPN’s “The Jump,” Amin El-Hassan spoke about Butler’s reported challenge to Brown, stating Butler's agent has said that all is well now.
“I talked to Bernie Lee, Jimmy Butler’s agent," El-Hassan said. "He said, ‘Yeah, they talk every day. They have zero issues. He knows that’s how he communicates. It’s not unlike Draymond Green and Steve Kerr.'”
The future of the Sixers is at risk as long as Butler and Brown are at odds (if that's actually the case), as it's widely known Butler forced his way off the Minnesota Timberwolves to play for a contender -- especially if he's again not happy.
The Sixers are 16-5 with Butler in the lineup, but if everyone is not on the same page when things get tight in the postseason, it's going to be a challenge for the Sixers to take the next step.
The entire Sixers' season has been about building chemistry, and as Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid try to continue to grow with Butler, it's Brown's job to make sure everyone gets enough touches and is happy with their roles.
Butler's agent says all is well, but only time will tell if that's actually true of if there's more drama to come in the city of Brotherly Love.
For any team, it can be difficult to integrate a ball-dominant star into a new situation. For the Sixers, Brown and Butler, it may be even more difficult when Simmons and Embiid tend to dominate the ball as well.