The Philadelphia 76ers are faced with the prospect of having to retain both Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler as free agents this offseason, but they may not even be able to keep either.
Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck said this week on The Full 48 podcast that he has heard chatter that the 76ers may lose both Harris and Butler to free agency, and that the core of the team had “strange dynamics” when matched together.
“I have heard some very strong rumblings this week that the Sixers are gonna lose one—and maybe even both—of Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler,” Beck said, via Kyle Newport of Bleacher Report. “Take it with all due grains of salt, we’re talking about this still on June 21, but I would not be surprised if Jimmy Butler and/or Tobias Harris go elsewhere. The Sixers just have some strange dynamics with that group.”
Butler will draw huge interest, not just from Philadelphia. The reality is that both will be among the most in-demand players in free agency, and Philadelphia will be facing a major battle to keep them.
The Philadelphia 76ers face a battle to retain top free agent guard Jimmy Butler, but they’re ready to do whatever is necessary to do so.
Butler will decline his player option for next season, according to Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The Sixers, however, are “adamant about doing whatever it takes” to keep Butler in the fold.
Butler hitting the open market will prove to be a headache for the 76ers, as he figures to attract multiple max offers. The report lists the Los Angeles Lakers as one interested party. Philadelphia also must balance this with their desire to keep another key free agent in Tobias Harris.
Intentionally or not, Butler has ramped up speculation that he’s already played his last game with the Sixers. He’ll attract lots of interest, and Philadelphia might have a tough time retaining him.
The Sacramento Kings entered Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery with an outside chance at having an old trade blow up in their face more than it already has, but the unlikely scenario that would have haunted them did not play out. And let’s just say they were not exactly humble about it.
In 2015, the Kings made a move to create salary cap space to sign free agents by trading Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas and their 2019 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers then traded the pick with top-one protection to the Boston Celtics two years ago to trade up to No. 1 for Markelle Fultz. Had Sacramento’s pick ended up at No. 1 this year, they would have had to send it to Philly. Instead, they landed at No. 14 and the Celtics got the pick.
The 2015 trade is already viewed as a bust for the Kings, as they failed to build a winning team around DeMarcus Cousins and ended up shipping him off, too. That didn’t stop their social media team from trolling the 76ers over not getting the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) May 15, 2019
How did the Sixers respond? By reminding the Kings that the reason they weren’t eliminated from the playoffs on a Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater is because they didn’t get there.
Playoffs are like that, you kn- oh… nvm.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 15, 2019
In summary, the Kings had no chance at landing a first-round pick on Tuesday. However, it would have been a complete shot to the gut if they ended up at No. 1 and had to send the pick to Philly. That would have been yet another reminder of what a disaster their 2015 trade was.
For whatever reason, the Kings and 76ers have a history of trading shots on social media. Sacramento’s latest wasn’t a great look, however, as they were basically bragging about their trade being just bad rather than a potential franchise destroyer.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets got into a skirmish during the third quarter of Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday over a hard foul by Joel Embiid on Jarrett Allen that resulted in the ejection of two players.
Matters began when Embiid swatted at Allen hard as the Nets forward went up for a layup in the third quarter, knocking him to the ground. Jared Dudley did not like the hard foul on his teammate and shoved Embiid. Jimmy Butler didn’t like Dudley shoving Embiid, so he shoved Dudley. Ben Simmons got involved as well and pushed Dudley into the crowd. The two have some beef that has been ongoing throughout the playoff series.
Here’s a look at the incident:
— 69 (@ftbeard_17) April 20, 2019
Embiid was called for a flagrant 1 foul, while Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler were ejected for escalating the incident.
If the Nets can trade Dudley for Butler, that’s an advantage to them since Butler is one of Philly’s top players. The 76ers lead the first-round playoff series 2-1.
It’s been a testy series between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, and that showed no sign of stopping in the leadup up Saturday’s Game 4.
The early flashpoint for this one came via the coaches, as Sixers coach Brett Brown was slow in announcing his starting lineup. That rubbed Nets coach Kenny Atkinson the wrong way, and he essentially said that two could play at that game.
A little agitation from Kenny Atkinson over Brett Brown delaying his lineup announcement:
"We’ve got to figure that one out as a league. Normally I give it 60 at the clock, but I’m not going to do that again. Let’s wait. When they gives theirs, we’ll give ours."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) April 20, 2019
Brett Brown's response: "It goes both ways." https://t.co/JilXL1aruE
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) April 20, 2019
This is a series that has involved a lot of trash-talking and ongoing subplots of that manner. Now there’s even some tensions between the two coaches. Might we be witnessing the start of a new Eastern Conference rivalry?
The Philadelphia 76ers made quick work of the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their first round playoff series on Thursday night. What they had more trouble with was figuring out who cut the cheese.
TNT flashed to the Sixers’ bench during the fourth quarter of their 131-115 win. Joel Embiid, Amir Johnson and Zhaire Smith were all inactive for the game and sitting on the bench when a foul smell seemed to creep up. They then acted like some guys trying to figure out who farted:
Ok, who farted? pic.twitter.com/OCWeZesPvC
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) April 19, 2019
The reactions from many of the players were emphatic, except for one: Amir Johnson. Either he has clogged sinuses in addition to a knee injury or … we may have our culprit.
This is still a much better bench activity for them than what happened over the weekend.
- Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers began their postseason run with a home loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, and they once again played poorly for stretches in the first half of Game 2 on Monday night. With his team clinging to a one-point lead at halftime, Sixers head coach Brett Brown had seen enough.
After Philly allowed the Nets to attempt 23 three-pointers in the first half, Brown was so disgusted with his team’s defensive effort that he unloaded on them in the locker room. Rich Hoffman of The Athletic says five Sixers players agreed it was the angriest they had ever seen their coach. Jimmy Butler had nothing but positive things to say about the rant.
“Yeah, he came in here, said a few cuss words, shocked me a little bit to tell you the truth. But I like it, that’s the type of energy I love,” Butler said. “He just made sure everybody did their job, letting them know you can’t have it, it’s not winning basketball.
“I love the s—. I love when people get cussed out, yelled at and say, ‘You can’t do it, it’s your fault.’ I’m all for it.”
Mike Scott said cussing players out and holding them accountable is “good basketball.” Tobias Harris, who made a defensive mistake that led to an open three-pointer for Spencer Dinwiddie in the first half, was also all for it.
“We came out and we responded to it and that was a big step for us as a team, coming out of the locker room responding (to) what coach had to say,” Harris said. “Get stops on the defensive end and get that to fuel our offense. And that was the key to the game for us.”
Whatever Brown said, it worked. The 76ers tied an NBA playoff record with 51 points in the third quarter and completely took over the game. Between the poor defensive effort and the cell phone incident he had to deal with in Game 1, Brown obviously reached his boiling point. It’s a good thing he did.