Jimmy Butler told Michael Lee of The Athletic that there was a reason why he didn't re-sign with the Philadelphia 76ers over last offseason, through did not go into detail.
“Obviously, something happened. We’re not going to say what it was. We’re not going to go into detail. We can’t keep living on that. They can’t. But I’m happy, man. It brings me joy, being around this group of guys (in Miami). I don’t regret nothing, you feel me?” Butler told The Athletic.
Butler was mostly jeered during his return to Philadelphia in the Heat's 113-86 loss to the Sixers. Butler finished with 11 points.
About the boos, Butler said that Sixers fans didn't know what happened behind the scenes that lead him to signing with the Heat.
“I didn’t do too much wrong by the fanbase here. Nobody knows what really went on, besides the organization and myself. My agent. And my people. I don’t know how to take it. They’re diehard fans. I’m not here no more. I’m the enemy. I mean, you don’t got to like me ‘cause I’m on the other team. I’m OK with that. I really am. They don’t know what’s going on. I love fans. I love my fans. But you don’t know what happened.”