That means they are now one step closer to the NBA Finals and Butler also has a better chance of winning Finals MVP this year.
There is no doubt that Butler is one of the best players in the league and certainly the star of the Heat.
But before he was making serious noise in Miami, he was doing work for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Butler eliminated his former team on Thursday night in a tough 99-90 Game 6 loss for Philly.
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Following the game, big man Joel Embiid spoke of missing Butler on the team and questioning why he was traded away in the first place.
“I still don’t know how we let him go,” Embiid said of Butler.
At the time, the 76ers thought they were making the right move by trading Butler but they are surely regretting that now.
Fleeing From Philly
Butler’s brief time in Philadelphia wasn’t as productive or happy as it should have been.
There were reports of Butler being unsatisfied with the team and not feeling comfortable on the roster.
Even some analysts said that he was a weird fit for the team at the time and that a trade made sense.
Of course, after being sent to Miami, Butler took his game up to the next level.
Now, he’s an MVP-caliber scorer and team leader for the Heat and the 76ers feel perpetually one step away from true greatness.
But the past is the past and the 76ers can’t take back the trade they made.
Instead, they need to focus on the future and tweak and enhance the roster they have now.