Report: Jimmy Butler Takes Big Step in Returning to Miami Heat Practice

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The Miami Heat are getting closer to resuming their 2020 championship chase.

One big sign of that is that All-Star Jimmy Butler has reportedly returned to South Florida after quarantining in California.

Butler, 30, has not been in South Florida for the majority of the last two months.

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season back in March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the novel coronavirus.

In the days following the announcement of the suspension, several other players from around the league also tested positive for the contagious virus.

As a result, the league has been extremely careful about having players return to action.

However, most teams have enabled players to conduct individual workouts in recent weeks. The bulk of the Heat’s roster has participated in workouts in Miami.

Now, with the team’s leader back in town, the intensity will surely go to another level.

Since Butler was acquired by Miami last summer, the team has become one of the best in the Eastern Conference.

In fact, Miami is fully anticipating a deep playoff run this year.

The newcomer is averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game this season.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.