Joel Embiid, 76ers Are Already Feeling the Loss of Jimmy Butler

Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, right, talks with members of the media after the team’s NBA basketball practice at Keiser University, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

If there’s any indication that the Miami Heat, Pat Riley landed a superstar in Free agency, take this quote from 76ers Center Joel Embiid on former teammate, Jimmy Butler.

“It was a big loss because me and him, we got to the point where we were really close – we’re still close. We talk a lot, that’s my guy, that’s my brother forever. I wish he was still on the team, because I feel like the relationship that I built with him could have gone a long way. When it was the fourth quarter, we knew the ball would either be in me or Jimmy’s hands. I knew I could count on him. This year it kind of changes around. Now other guys have to step up and I have to do more.”

Butler, now a member of the Miami Heat is expected to become the team’s number 1 option on the Heat’s offense with the retirement of Dwyane Wade.

Butler averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game for the 6ers in 2018, but more importantly will provide the Heat with a two-way player as he will likely be responsible for guarding an opposing team’s wing/best player.

The Miami Heat will look to return to the playoffs with their new flame in a wide open Eastern Conference.

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