Free agency isn’t even here yet, however, that won’t stop people from panicking over potentially losing their star players in the offseason. Well, Jimmy Butler added fuel to that fire with his latest post on Instagram.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Butler early in the season to boost their chances of winning a championship. Although they fell short of their goal, the fans quickly fell for the All-Star guard.
Butler plays an inspiring brand of basketball that is predicated on being tough and never quitting on any play. During the postseason, he showed exactly why teams are very fond of his skillset.
While the Sixers will most likely want to re-sign Butler in the offseason, the reality is that he is an unrestricted free agent.
In his final session with the team’s media group, Butler said “Technically I think, knock on wood, I will get a max contract anywhere I choose to go.”
Philadelphia fans were already nervous about Butler’s decision, and he didn’t do them any favors with this vague post on Instagram:
It’s possible that Butler is simply thanking everyone for all the memories he made this season. However, the madness of free agency has resulted in fans digging for a deeper meaning.
The City of Brotherly Love has some of the most passionate fans in sports, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they are worried that Butler will leave in the offseason.
— ً (@redickszn) May 17, 2019
I’ll cry if Jimmy Butler leaves
— Dennis Benussi (@DennisBenussi3) May 17, 2019
How Sixers fans are reacting to that Jimmy Butler IG post: pic.twitter.com/kmXEwYOnmy
— Sports Are Philly (@SportsArePhilly) May 17, 2019
Free agency officially begins on July 1.
We’ll see if Butler wants to remain in Philadelphia or play for another franchise. Either way, the star guard should demand a lucrative contract.