Insider: Jimmy Butler & Miami Heat Nearing a Parting of the Ways

The Miami Heat have once again fallen short of Pat Riley's expectations, and at least one insider is suggesting that we could be nearing the end of the Jimmy Butler era in South Beach.

A lot of this could be personality-based, per David Aldridge. 

“There have been murmurings this year that Butler and the Heat may no longer be singing from the same hymnal. Butler, famously, does things his way, and Miami’s organization, famously, does not brook much individualism.”

We all remember the screaming match between Butler and coach Erik Spoelstra, backed by Udonis Haslem.  

Yes, that was two years ago now, but not much has changed in Jimmy's personality since then, nor in the way that Spoelstra and Riley like to do things. Since that time, the Heat have gone to a Conference Finals and an NBA Finals, but this year was a whole other story, as Butler, 34, missed the playoffs due to a knee injury, and Miami was eliminated in the first round by a much-superior Boston Celtics team. 

Has this iteration of the Heat gone as far as Jimmy can take them? 

Notably, Butler, entering his age-35 season next year, is eligible for a two-year max contract extension this summer at about $113 million. Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald says Butler fully intends to ask for that max deal, but adds that if the Heat aren't inclined to offer it, a change of scenery could certainly be in the offing. 

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