Brand said he still thinks Philadelphia is the best place for Fultz to develop, and that the trade for Butler wasn't about losing faith in Fultz, but simply pouncing on an opportunity to gain ground in an improving Eastern Conference. The guard had started in the Sixers' first 15 games, but he may be removed from the starting lineup to make room for Butler. "You know that. It was hard going through that with Thibs", Butler said. "Why they did what they did", Butler said when asked about his goal this season.
Butler's ability to move off the ball was on full display today as he worked effectively with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who had a career-high 10 assists on the night.
"As long as he's going hard and giving his all out every day, the guy has my respect". "It was important to us to go get a superstar, to go get some young talent to help make that next step in achieving a championship".
Fultz's double-clutched free throw against the Miami Heat on Monday renewed the discussion among fans and media over his shooting form.
Fultz said he felt fully healthy after spending the offseason working on his shot.
Still, thanks to a spurt from Wilson Chandler (14 pts, 4 reb), and a Mike Muscala (5 pts, 5 reb) 3-pointer, the Sixers seized a 104-100 edge heading into the final three and a half minutes of play. The 6-foot-8 hybrid star was officially welcomed to the City of Brotherly love alongside fellow trade-mate Justin Patton, Sixers general manager Elton Brand, and owner Josh Harris.
Even though Philadelphia might be less flexible on defense now, adding Butler means another great scoring option for the Sixers.
"I'm nervous. I'm still a little nervous that it's gonna work out, but I'm excited", Brand said during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show", as transcribed by ForTheWin. "He's with us. He's a part of us". "Once we get to that point where we felt we were getting multiple rotational players, we felt it would be time to execute the deal". Players have gotten better, their development skills have gone through the roof. Redick, Philadelphia really doesn't have any players who can stretch the floor for them. Because he deals with a lot.