Miami Heat Rumors: What to make of Jimmy Butler playing matchmaker?

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat hugs Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat hugs Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are in the middle of a total resurgence and the rest of the league and sports world are starting to see it. Who else is paying attention though?

The Miami Heat are in the middle of a resurgent season. After several years trapped in mediocrity, marred by the close agonizing defeat, held hostage by having almost just enough to get the job done on a nightly basis, and loaded with seemingly “unmovable” and “unworkable” deals, the Miami Heat are back with a vengeance.

It started this past offseason as Miami Heat team president and decision-maker Pat Riley declared that he was going big “whale hunting”. He landed his Moby Dick in the form of Jimmy Butler, but no one could have expected that he would come in and have this type of impact on the team and franchise.

While many thought he was just coming to “party”, he has not only come in and made the Heat instant title contenders with his demeanor, work ethic, and play on the court, but he has instantly emerged as an MVP candidate based on his impact on this team.

While those nods and chatter show that the league and those of influence are paying attention, are they alone? Obviously not, as one of Jimmy’s former teammates and seemingly disgruntled star big man, Joel Embiid, is looking at what’s happening as well. So much so that it resulted in this exchange between the two pals.

What exactly is Joel Embiid saying? We know exactly what Jimmy Butler is insinuating though.

What makes this exchange even more quirky is a follow-up post from Embiid that’s seemingly reflective of his feelings on the whole scenario. Here it is.

While the Miami Heat would have to do some major cap gymnastics to even consider thinking about making such a deal happen, this is out there as food for thought. You would also have to think long and hard about whether you even want him in Miami based on his injury history and conditioning issues. On the contract scenario though, here are a few thoughts from the Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson.

Joel Embiid has spoken. He tends to do that from time to time though, so this shouldn’t be that surprising.

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Nothing is imminent, but this has to put fear in the collective hearts of Philly brass, players, and fans alike. Although we are not sure if Embiid is a Miami Heat type of player, everyone wants to feel wanted right? This is certainly something to keep an eye on though, as it will be fun fodder regardless of the outcome.