According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Butler has "aggressively challenged" head coach Brett Brown about his role in the Sixers' offense. Nevertheless, the franchise's full focus and resources remain on making this new partnership work this season and beyond.
Less than two months after he used a series public criticisms, run-ins with teammates and management, and trade demands to essentially force his way out of Minnesota, four-time All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is reportedly "aggressively challenging" Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.
Or perhaps this is more about a recurring theme in the career of Jimmy Butler.
The 76ers have looked different since acquiring Butler - who can become a free agent this summer - in a trade with the Timberwolves.
The Sixers are now 25-14 and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Butler missed the team's last game against the Phoenix Suns as well as their practice on Friday with an upper respiratory infection, and is now listed as questionable for their next game against the Dallas Mavericks.More news: Google Assistant Installed Base Is Reportedly 10x Larger Than Amazon Alexa
"There's nobody trying to figure this out more than I am", Brown said. For the Sixers, Brown and Butler, it may be even more hard when Simmons and Embiid tend to dominate the ball as well.
Brown has downplayed the incidents to people within the Sixers' organization, but ESPN reports a source close to Butler has a different take.
Butler hopes to play in more pick and roll sets on offense as opposed to finding his shot in the flow of the offense, according to the story. Butler would be looking for a more traditional style of play instead of the unconstrained offence the Sixers now display.
"We're coming together", Brown said, according to ESPN.
The entire Sixers' season has been about building chemistry, and as Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid try to continue to grow with Butler, it's Brown's job to make sure everyone gets enough touches and is happy with their roles. Ben and Jo, Jo and Jimmy, go anywhere you want. "That's why I lost it".