Jimmy Butler Seemingly Recruits 76ers’ Joel Embiid to Heat via Social Media

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Joel Embidd appears to be unhappy playing for the Philadelphia 76ers based on one of his latest posts on Instagram.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, a teammate of Embiid last season in Philadelphia, responded by seemingly recruiting him to South Beach.

The two continue to have a good relationship off the court, one that could play a part in a potential pairing of the two in Miami if the Heat can find a way to snatch him from the Sixers’ hands.


After a 112-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last Thursday, Embiid expressed his frustration to the media.

“I’m trying to get back to the fun Joel,” he said. “Smile a little more. The whole season, I kind of told myself I was going to be serious. I felt like everybody just looked at it in a way that I’m moody or I do not care. I do.

“I want to win. But at the same time, I try to have a different attitude. Obviously, it hasn’t been working. So I have to go back to that fun Joel.”

Despite having arguably one of the best lineups in the league on paper, the Sixers are only in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Embiid is averaging 22.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

His five-year, $147.7 million contract with the Sixers expires in the summer of 2023.

However, if Embiid can be traded for ahead of his free agency, Heat president Pat Riley will almost assuredly try to move heaven and earth to acquire the All-Star center.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.