Butler will sign a four-year, $142 million contract with Miami as part of a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The 76ers will receive Josh Richardson in return.
Butler hinted early Sunday that he wished to end up with Miami, and the Sixers made it a reality by coming to terms on a sign-and-trade. The All-Star forward averaged 18.7 points along with four assists and 1.9 steals over 65 games across stops with Minnesota and Philadelphia during the 2018-2019 campaign, and he'll immediately step in as one of the stars of the Heat once this deal becomes official.
Butler is expected to inform the Heat he wishes to play for them next season once free agency officially begins, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Nothing is official yet, but with just a few hours before free agency gets under way the Heat appear to be the favorite to land Butler's service
Butler is expected to decline his player option for 2019-20 and test free agency, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. According to Haynes, the 76ers remain determined to retain Butler.
Last season, the four-time All-Star averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals while helping lead the 76ers to a down-to-the-wire Game 7 against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league, and he'll be highly sought-after by a variety of teams. The Sixers have the advantage from a financial standpoint -- able to offer Butler the most total money -- but that may not be all that matters to the 29-year-old.
Butler managed 16 points (5-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 43 minutes during Sunday's 92-90 loss to the Raptors.
Butler appeared to roll his ankle during Sunday's Game 7 loss but stayed in the game to finish with 16 points in 43 minutes. It was a tough loss for the 76ers who rallied from nine points down midway through the third quarter to actually lead by seven during the same period. Butler, who was acquired mid-season, remains uncertain as to his future. Chances are he could be viewed as expendable by the 76ers who may choose to invest in their younger players. No matter where he ends up, Butler will typically fill the same role moving forward and should remain an elite fantasy asset.
Butler contributed 25 points (9-18 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 Game 6 win over the Raptors.
Butler was absolutely superb, pouring in at least 22 points for the fifth straight game while filling up the box score across multiple categories. He has taken on more offensive responsibility here in the second round thanks to his ability to create for himself and others, and Butler will look to produce another strong two-way performance during Sunday's Game 7.
Butler tallied 22 points (6-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 125-89 Game 5 loss to the Raptors.
Butler has scored at least 22 points in four consecutive contests. Despite delivering a dud in the series opener (10 points on four-of-12 from the field), Butler has been Philadelphia's most consistent contributor here in the second round. He'll look to help the 76ers avoid elimination during Thursday's Game 6.
Butler finished with 29 points (9-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 40 minutes Sunday in the 76ers' 101-96 loss to the Raptors in Game 4.
The double-double was Butler's second of the series, and the swingman fell one rebound and one assist shy of notching a triple-double in the Sixers' Game 3 loss. After often looking like an awkward fit on the star-studded Philadelphia roster during the regular season, Butler seems to be getting comfortable at the right time. Butler's big numbers through the first four games of the series have been essential in keeping Philadelphia competitive with neither Joel Embiid nor Ben Simmons playing up to their full potential thus far.
Butler totaled 22 points (9-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block across 36 minutes in the 76ers' win over the Raptors on Thursday.
Butler delivered another solid offensive performance on Thursday, dropping 22 points on the Raptors in a crucial home win in Game 3. With Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons struggling to score points, Butler has stepped up and led the 76ers to two straight wins. He's averaged 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in those two contests.
Butler contributed 30 points (9-22 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists, and one block in 43 minutes during Monday's 94-89 Game 2 win over the Raptors.
Butler was dominant on a night which none of his teammates exceeded 13 points. Apart from the first playoff game versus the Nets, Butler's box score contributions have been nothing special. Nevertheless, he stepped up in this one to help the 76ers even the series at one game apiece heading into Thursday's Game 3.
Butler finished with nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block across 27 minutes Tuesday against Brooklyn.
Butler didn't impress in the scoring column as he typically does, but he put up numbers across the board helped the Sixers to a 122-100 victory, closing out the series. The Marquette product's contributions were sporadic throughout the first round, as he was held to nine points or fewer in two of the five matchups. Butler will aim to get off to a hot start in the next round against Toronto.
Butler was ejected from Game 4, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Butler was ejected after shoving Jared Dudley midway through the third quarter Friday. At the time of his ejection, Butler had contributed 11 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals. He should be ready to return for Game 5 on Tuesday.
Butler contributed 16 points (6-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, two rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes during Thursday's 131-115 Game 3 win over the Nets.
Butler dished out exactly seven assists for the second straight game, this after failing to register a single dime during last Saturday's series opener (in which he scored a playoff career-high 36 points). If Joel Embiid (knee) is forced to sit out Saturday's Game 4 as well, Butler, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and J.J. Redick will likely need to pick up the slack once again.
Butler (back) is not listed on the injury report for Saturday's Game 1 against Brooklyn, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Butler was sidelined for the team's season finale against the Bulls on Wednesday, but as expected, it was mostly precautionary. Butler should be a full go when Philly kicks off the postseason Saturday.
Butler is out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls due to lower back tightness, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Butler has been bothered by a sore back lately, and it makes sense for the Sixers to give him the night off so he can be fresh for the playoffs. With most of the 76ers' other key players sitting, it'll be a skeleton crew for Wednesday's finale.
Butler (back) is no longer listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Butler has missed three of the last four contests due to a back issue, but it appears he'll be ready to play Tuesday after the Sixers took him off their injury report. He'll be worth keeping an eye on leading up to tipoff, but all signs point to him taking the court.
Butler (back) is out Saturday against the Bulls.
Butler will miss his second game in a row due to back soreness. Mike Scott is a strong candidate to make another start in Butler's place.
Butler (back) missed Saturday morning's shootaround and remains questionable for the Philadelphia's game versus the Bulls, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Butler has been sidelined for three consecutive games due to back soreness and is in danger of missing a fourth. The 76ers have been exercising caution with their veteran wing, as they want to ensure his health with the playoffs approaching. Thus, his absence from Saturday's shootaround does not bode well for his chances of suiting up come tipoff. Still, expect confirmation on his status closer to game-time.
Butler (back) is questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Bulls.
Back soreness has kept Butler out for two of the past three games. We may learn more about his availability following the 76ers' morning shootaround, but it's possible he'll be a game-time call.
Butler (back) is out Thursday against the Bucks, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Back soreness caused Butler to miss Monday's game, and he'll be out again Friday. In his place, Jonathon Simmons should see extra run, while Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris figure to see increased usage.
Butler is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Bucks due to back tightness.
Butler was held out of Mondays game against the Mavericks due to the same injury but returned for Wednesday's game in Atlanta and played 34 minutes. It appears, however, Butler still isn't 100 percent over the lingering back issues. He will likely end up being a game-time decision Thursday night against Milwaukee.
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