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Erik Spoelstra Sends Warning to Jimmy Butler on Becoming Leader of Miami Heat
- Updated: September 30, 2019
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) September 30, 2019
Butler, 30, joined the Heat this past summer after an emotional 2018-19 campaign. The veteran started the season with the Minnesota Timberwolves before getting shipped to the Philadelphia 76ers after a dramatic fallout with teammates and coaches in Minneapolis.
Despite a messy season, the 6-foot-8 forward showed tremendous resolve and production on the basketball court. In fact, Butler took the young Sixers far in the postseason before getting beat by the Toronto Raptors in a competitive playoff series last season.
While the veteran wasn’t able to take down the eventual 2019 champions, he put up a great with fight 22.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in the second round.
Now, with the star starting the season fresh on a team he wants to be on, the expectation is that Butler will lead the Heat with intensity and high standards.
The eight-year pro has averaged 16.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game over the course of his career.