Jimmy Butler challenging Brett Brown, 76ers' offensive system

Jimmy Butler challenging Brett Brown, 76ers' offensive system

Jimmy Butler challenging Brett Brown, 76ers' offensive system

The Philadelphia 76ers guard has been causing trouble in the locker room by defying coach Brett Brown, according to a report by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. Despite the hostility at times, the franchise is still hoping to continue the partnership between the Sixers and Butler beyond the 2018-19 season.

Despite reports coming out that Jimmy Butler challenged Sixers head coach Brett Brown about his role on offense recently, the Philadelphia 76ers remain committed to re-signing Butler to a long-term contract in the summer, according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report.

Jimmy Butler forced himself out of the Minnesota Timberwolves and it appears that he's asserting himself once again with his new team.

With little more than four consistent contributors, the Sixers had the sixth ranked offense in the National Basketball Association from the time they acquired Butler through January 1, the last game Butler played prior to coming down with the upper respiratory infection which caused him to miss the last two games.

Many believed the 76ers' mid-November acquisition of Butler from the Timberwolves would make them contenders, if not the favourites, in the Eastern Conference with the trio of Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the floor.

Butler missed Friday's practice with an upper respiratory infection that also kept him out of Saturday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Butler, who becomes a free agent this summer, requested a trade from Minnesota in September after the team made it clear that it would not offer him a max extension.

Butler's specific concerns have centered around his role in Philly's free-flowing offense, as he wants to run more pick-and-roll sets and isolation.

"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" it added. The 76ers are now 11th in the National Basketball Association in offensive rating, and yes the team needs to find more ways to get Butler involved on offense, but that's going to take some time. "It's a basketball play".

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