Heat’s Jimmy Butler Takes Massive Shot At Celtics And Knicks

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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler recently shared his thoughts on the team’s early NBA playoff exit and his future with the franchise.

In a candid video, Butler asserted, “If I was playing, Boston would be at home. New York, damn sure would be at home.” Butler’s comments suggest that he believes his presence would have made a significant difference in the outcome of the series.

Butler’s injury woes have been a recurring theme this season, with the six-time All-Star missing 22 regular-season games and averaging a career-low 20.8 points per game. His absence was deeply felt in the playoffs, as the Heat struggled to match the Celtics’ firepower.

The Celtics, meanwhile, have bolstered their roster with key additions like Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis, propelling them to a league-best 64 wins.

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Butler also made some intriguing remarks about playing for Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. “I love Tom, but I don’t want Tom…I love you, baby. I want to beat you to a pulp. You want me. I don’t want you. It’s like a one-sided relationship.” This cryptic message has left many wondering about Butler’s future plans and his willingness to play for Thibodeau’s Knicks.

Butler’s comments about his future with the Heat were equally cryptic. His current contract runs through 2024-25 with a player option for 2026, but rumors are swirling.

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ESPN’s Zach Lowe predicts that Butler’s name may come up in trade talks this offseason, especially if extension negotiations don’t go smoothly.

“It would not surprise me if there were some Jimmy Butler trade rumblings this offseason, if those extension talks don’t go well,” Lowe said in a conversation with The Ringer’s Howard Beck on Friday’s episode of The Lowe Post podcast.

Lowe continued, “There are scenarios, let’s say, where the Heat trade Jimmy Butler for some future assets and some other stuff…and that gives them the ammo to go out and call the Cavs, and say, ‘Hey, what about Donovan Mitchell?'”

The Athletic’s David Aldridge added, “There have been murmurings this year that Butler and the Heat may no longer be singing from the same hymnal.”

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Butler’s influence on the Heat is undeniable, ranking top-ten in steals and assists and holding the record for most career triple-doubles (12). However, Butler, being 35 and having an injury history, raises concerns about the investment.

As the offseason approaches, the Heat face a pivotal decision regarding Butler’s future, impacting the team’s trajectory.

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