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According to a report Friday by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources said Butler's criticisms of his role in Philadelphia's offense spilled over into a recent film session during which Butler "aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team's Big Three hierarchy".

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 30, 2018 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

The 76ers have gone 14-8 since acquiring the guard from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and now sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 25-14 record. The Sixers enter Saturday with a record of 25-14, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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

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According to the report, upper management has placed "an urgency for Brown and his coaching staff to stabilize the situation".

As a free agent this summer, Butler could choose to leave the Sixers if he doesn't think his fit with Simmons and Joel Embiid works. He has reportedly met with Brown and Sixers GM Elton Brand privately to express some of his concerns.

League sources said Butler's inability to mesh into the Sixers' offense is causing concern among brass about his long-term fit with the team, especially with his possible free agency looming this summer. The 76ers are now 11th in the National Basketball Association in offensive rating, and yes the team needs to find more ways to get Butler involved on offense, but that's going to take some time. You don't just click your heels and throw Jimmy Butler in and everybody's going to be playing the same way and style.

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. "It's a basketball play".


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