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Jimmy Butler Eviscerated the 76ers Off the Court After Torching His Old Team to End Their Season

Jimmy Butler was traded to Philadelphia in the offseason, but he didn’t want to play for them. So Chicago has put together a trade where they will send their best player and two first round picks to Philly while also taking back Nerlens Noel who is on an expiring contract.

The “tobias harris jimmy butler trade” is a recent trade that has been made between the 76ers and the Timberwolves. Jimmy Butler was traded to the Wolves in exchange for Tobias Harris, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round draft pick.

It’s easy to forget that Jimmy Butler appeared in 67 games for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2018-2019 season, 55 in the regular season and a dozen more in the playoffs. He hasn’t, though.

The Sixers were eliminated in seven games in the Eastern Conference playoffs by the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors that season. Butler never appeared in another game for the Sixers after the team decided not to commit to him long-term and moved him to the Miami Heat.

On May 12, 2022, Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat looks on during the second half of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2022 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center | Getty Images/Tim Nwachukwu

Three years later, the 76ers have once again failed to advance beyond the second round. Butler did the bouncing this time, as the Heat won a six-game series against his former club in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Miami will be in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three years.

Throughout the series, the six-time NBA All-Star was magnificent, demonstrating to the Sixers that the same brilliance might have been theirs. And after the series was officially finished, he didn’t waste any time in reminding them of it.

Jimmy Butler chastised the 76ers for signing Tobias Harris over him.

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Philadelphia acquired Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in February 2019, only a few months after executing the Butler deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 76ers signed Harris to a five-year, $180 million deal on July 10 of that year. That was four days after they agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Heat, which moved Butler’s skills to Miami. Harris is three years Harris’s junior.

Harris hasn’t exactly been a standout performer. He’s averaging 18.7 points and 6.9 rebounds since coming in the City of Brotherly Love. In the playoffs, his scoring drops to 17.5 points per game, while he averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the Heat series.

Since joining the Heat, Butler has averaged 20.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. In the playoffs, he’s even better, averaging 23.2 points per game. And he was the series’ best player, averaging 27.5 points on 51.3 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.

Jimmy Buckets had a message for both Harris and the 76ers as he sprinted off the floor after scoring 32 points in the Heat’s Game 6 triumph.

“Is Tobias Harris better than me?”

What more is there to say? Actually, now that I think about it, if the Sixers sign James Harden to a max deal, he could have even more right to complain.

What more needs to be said at this point?

Basketball Reference provided the statistics.

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