Jimmy Butler was at his very best on Monday evening, and Joel Embiid was admiring from afar.
Butler scored a playoff profession-higher 40 points in Game 1 of the Heat’s second-round series against the Bucks, a 115-104 Miami win.
Embiid, it seemed, was pondering about what could possibly have been if the Sixers had re-signed Butler.
He was lately rather candid in saying he wished issues had gone differently final offseason on The Old Man & The 3 Podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter.
“The way issues occurred final summer season, it was just so frustrating,” Embiid mentioned, “so I was type of mad at the complete planet and I was just like, ‘Eh, what ever. I’m just coming to function and I’m going to do my very best,’ but I wasn’t playing up to my requirements.”
With Ben Simmons sidelined by a left knee injury and Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Josh Richardson the major supporting pieces about Embiid, the Sixers have been swept by the Celtics in the 1st round.
A small soon after his initial tweet, Embiid left no doubt who he was pondering about.
Embiid discussed his future following the Sixers’ Game four loss to Boston.
“Whatever takes place, takes place,” he mentioned. “I often say that I want to finish my profession right here. If it takes place, very good. If it does not come about, effectively, you move on and all that stuff. But I’m right here and I’m going to nonetheless attempt to do my very best to bring a championship back to Philly. We’ve got a lot of fantastic talent on the group — Ben, Tobias, Al, Shake (Milton), Matisse (Thybulle). Alec (Burks) proved to be a huge piece off the bench, Furkan (Korkmaz). We’ve got a bunch of fantastic players, you have just gotta locate a way to make it function. I feel we can. Like I mentioned, I’ve just gotta go about it and just do my job.”
Sixers common manager Elton Brand mentioned final Tuesday that he’s not seeking to trade Simmons or Embiid and will speak with the two about how to very best complement them.