All Joel Embiid tweeted was, “IF……” but social media filled in the rest for him.
What if the 76ers had kept Jimmy Butler?
That seemed to be on Embiid’s thoughts, and most likely a lot of fans in Philadelphia, on Monday evening as they watched Butler drop 40 points and take more than late to lead the Heat to an upset of the Bucks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Embiid’s 76ers had traded for Butler final season and he helped them push the Raptors to the brink prior to falling in seven games in the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals on a miraculous Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater.
Then final summer season, rather of re-signing Butler to maintain him in Philadelphia, they executed a sign-and-trade to send him to Miami and got back Josh Richardson. The 76ers rather re-signed Tobias Harris to a 5-year, $180 million and inked Al Horford to a 4-year, $109 million deal.
Now, the 76ers are sitting at residence following obtaining swept by the Celtics in the very first round — with coach Brett Brown now out of a job — although Butler is placing on a show, delivering the type of takeover Philadelphia could have utilized.
“Jimmy Butler #TooGood,” Embiid tweeted shortly following his initial tweet, which coincided with Butler closing out the 115-104 win for the Heat.
It is not clear irrespective of whether Butler essentially wanted to keep in Philadelphia, as NBC Sports previously reported he turned down a $190 million max contract supplied by the 76ers. Alternatively he took a $141 million deal with the Heat, a group he had reportedly lengthy wanted to finish up with.
But that hasn’t stopped Embiid from questioning what could have been.
“The way points occurred final summer season, it was just so frustrating,” Embiid mentioned on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man & The Three” podcast final month, “so I was type of mad at the complete planet and I was just like, ‘Eh, what ever. I’m just coming to perform and I’m going to do my most effective,’ but I wasn’t playing up to my requirements.”