Jimmy Butler unhappy with 76ers role

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler's agent reportedly has said all is well between Butler and Sixers coach Brett Brown.

All-star guard Jimmy Butler is reportedly "aggressively challenging" Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown in training, according to ESPN.

New year, same Jimmy Butler.

With little more than four consistent contributors, the Sixers had the sixth ranked offense in the National Basketball Association from the time they acquired Butler through January 1, the last game Butler played prior to coming down with the upper respiratory infection which caused him to miss the last two games.

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

Brown dismissed the report before Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

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Also, Brown has already signed an extension with the team and is here to stay, thus how much will the offensive style of the team change is something that can't really be banked upon. 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.

Brown had already spent significant time working on the sometimes-tenuous relationship between Simmons and Embiid, and those challenges have been compounded by the urgency to introduce Butler into the Sixers' dynamic.

"In searching for answers, Butler has met privately with Brown and his coaching staff, as well as general manager Elton Brand, league sources told ESPN" it added.

Butler has expressed a desire to teammates to play in more traditional pick-and-roll and isolation sets, rather than trying to find his place in the Sixers' free-flowing offense, league sources said. Butler would be looking for a more traditional style of play instead of the unconstrained offence the Sixers now display. "We have a new opportunity".

There's always a feeling out period when acquiring a new player, especially in season.

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