Jimmy Butler With Major Shade For Ex-Sixer Teammate After Eliminating Them

No one will ever accuse Jimmy Butler of being subtle. The Miami Heat star forward took a major shot at an ex-teammate after eliminating his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in Game 6 of their second round series. 

 “Tobias Harris over ME?” shouted Butler as he walked back to the Heat locker room after handing Harris, Joel Embiid, and the rest of the Sixers a 99-90 loss and another disappointing playoff exit. 

When Butler became a free agent after his lone—and very successful—season in Philly in 2019, the Sixers made a decision that they couldn’t afford to re-sign Butler and instead chose to roll with Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, re-signing each of them to 5-year mega deals (Simmons’ deal was a max rookie extension that kicked in in 2020).

Butler left for Miami on a sign and trade, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Butler had become the lead playmaker in the 2019 playoffs for Philly, which didn’t sit well with Simmons. But they still could have found a way to make it work, if they hadn’t insisting on re-signing Harris to a 5-year, $180M deal, and bringing in free agent Al Horford. 

Now, the Sixers, with Tobias Harris and James Harden (acquired for Simmons) instead of Butler, are heading home early once again. And Jimmy Butler isn’t shy about letting them know. 

“Tobias Harris over ME?”