Did Jimmy Butler Just Say Goodbye to the Sixers?

May 17, 2019 - 1:26 pm

(94WIP) The Philadelphia 76ers' season is over, which means it is time for the front office to make tough decisions that will shape the direction of the franchise for the forseeable future.

One of those decisions is what to do with free-agent guard Jimmy Butler. An Instagram post late Thursday night has some fans wondering whether Butler's decision has already been made.

Although it can be read as a simple "thank you" to the fans, many are taking it as a goodbye.

Though that is possible, it is unlikely. Butler has no incentive to cross the Sixers off his list so early in the free-agency process. The Sixers can offer Butler significantly more than any other team can. Cutting them off, essentially ending his time in Philadelphia via a social media post, would make no sense.

It is possible Butler posted the image and caption to place pressure on the Sixers to increase their offer, hoping to show how much he loves the city and how much the fans want him back.

More than likely, the post was just Butler expressing how much he enjoyed the time he spent in Philadelphia this season. It remains very possible he will be spending more time in the city, on a new contract.

By Eliot Shorr-Parks