Agent denies Butler friction with Sixers coach Brown

Jimmy Butler

According to ESPN, which cited unidentified league sources, the 29-year-old forward has "aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense". Despite the hostility at times, the franchise is still hoping to continue the partnership between the Sixers and Butler beyond the 2018-19 season.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown denied a report that Jimmy Butler was disrespectful while questioning his role in the 76ers offense.

"I think that we have a really unselfish group of guys who are gonna make that extra pass", Jimmy Butler told the media during his introductory press conference on November 13.

The future of the Sixers is at risk as long as Butler and Brown are at odds (if that's actually the case), as it's widely known Butler forced his way off the Minnesota Timberwolves to play for a contender - especially if he's again not happy.

Right now the Philadelphia 76ers are 25-14 and hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Butler missed Friday's practice with an upper respiratory infection that also kept him out of Saturday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

"There's nobody trying to figure this out more than I am", Brown said.

League sources told ESPN that they are anxious about Butler's ability to fit in with the Sixers and if he can stay with the team long-term. Butler's preference has been to sign a more lucrative deal to remain with the Sixers, but it's clear that there are issues to be worked out before that comfort level fully exists. According to ESPN, Butler's struggles to fit into the Philadelphia environment have caused some worries about whether he'll fit into the team's longterm plans, though the club is adamant about making the Big-3 (Butler, Simmons and Embiid) work this season and beyond.

"We're coming together. We have a new opportunity".

Problems with Butler could compound issues with the sometimes-volatile relationship between Embiid and Simmons which flared up on Monday when the former accidentally elbowed the latter in the face when the pair went up for a rebound and Embiid reacted angrily.

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