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Pat Riley unhappy with Jimmy Butler, future plans revealed

Published May 8, 2024 at 12:06

The spotlight is on Jimmy Butler as questions swirl around his future with the Miami Heat. Despite his absence due to an MCL injury during the Heat's first-round playoff exit against the Celtics, Butler made headlines with his bold assertions.

He claimed in a video, https://twitter.com/crystalscarr21/status/1786821173516656658

"If I was playing, Boston would be at home, New York damn sure would be at home. Josh Hart? C'mon man."

This sparked a reaction from Heat president Pat Riley, who responded,

''For him to say that, I thought, 'Is that Jimmy trolling or is that Jimmy serious?' If you're not on the court playing against Boston, if you're not on the court playing against the New York Knicks, you should keep your mouth shut in your criticism of those teams.''

Amidst this backdrop, Butler is up for a hefty contract extension this July, potentially worth $112.9 million over two seasons. However, Riley was notably non-committal about extending Butler when he spoke to the media.

Despite the tension and the uncertainty of his contract negotiations, Butler has expressed a desire to stay with the Heat long-term. With two years left on his contract, including a player option for about $52 million for the 2025-26 season, the decision hangs in the balance. As the Heat consider their options, the saga continues, leaving fans and insiders watching closely.

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Source The Athletic: Pat Riley rebukes Jimmy Butler for ‘trolling' comments, but says Heat won't trade star
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