Jimmy Butler recruiting Joel Embiid to Miami?


This isn't going to go over well with a fanbase that is already frustrated. 

Sixers center Joel Embiid posted a photo Monday night on Instagram, and in the comments, former Sixer -- and one of Embiid's friends -- Jimmy Butler left a comment.

The comment, and Embiid's response, were definitely interesting.  

Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid on IG -- pic.twitter.com/iyz4Aj0ReV

— Sports ON Tap Hoops (@SONTHoops) February 11, 2020

Embiid's original caption, "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain", is obviously about Embiid catching heat from fans for shushing them on Sunday after he made a three. Butler's comment, "I know a place where villains are welcome", seems to be about coming to Miami, and Embidd's response -- "Damn right my brother" -- is an interesting response to say the least. 

Embiid followed up the post in Instagram with this post on Twitter: 

Made for this... If I can take it then you can too. PHILA TOUGH!!! #AllLove pic.twitter.com/hno6UH1GPD

— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 11, 2020

At best, the exchange means nothing, looks terrible and is just the two friends being oblivious to how the comments would be interpreted. At worst, it is Butler openly recruiting Embiid to Miami, and Embiid's comment making him seem very open to it. 

The exchange on Instagram comes on the same day a report emerged that teams around the league are already discussing the possibility that the Sixers will soon trade Embiid. 

"One of the conversations people are starting to have in the league is, 'Will they move Embiid? What's the price? Where would he go?,'" ESPN's Brian Windhorst said on his podcast via Basketball Real GM

"I'm not going to get into that, but my point is people are talking about that. I don't think they would do that without making an adjustment to the head coach," Windhorst continued. "It's such a radical thing, but the fact that we're in mid-February and the people who work in the league, who have to prepare in advance, are mulling over Joel Embiid potentially coming to market, whether that's true or not... I mean, Josh Harris can come on this podcast and deny it if he wants, but the fact people are talking about it, is not good. It's a symptom of where they are."

This report comes a day after the home crowd booed Embiid, who has been struggling of late. Embiid proceeded to hit a big three late in the game to propel Philly to a win over the Bulls and then seemingly telling the fans to shut up. It also comes days after NBA reporter Chris Broussard reported that Embiid and Ben Simmons are jealous of one another. 

The NBA trade deadline has already come and gone, but Windhorst is suggesting the possibility of the Sixers trading their franchise player, something that was never even on the table previously, may exist. 

Embiid, 25, is currently in the second year of his five-year, $147 million contract. He's set to make $29.5 million, $31.5 million, and $33.6 million in each of the next three seasons, respectively. The three-time all-star center is averaging 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game for his career.