Jimmy Butler Reacts to Trade Rumors Surrounding James Harden and Miami Heat

Published 12/10/2020, 11:30 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: James Harden attends Black Ops Basketball Run on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)


After it looked like the trade rumors had died down, James Harden has once again made it clear he wants to leave the Houston Rockets. Initially, he only wanted to move to the Brooklyn Nets. But now he has added the Philadelphia 76ers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Miami Heat to the list too.

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So when Jimmy Butler liked a post where this was mentioned, immediately rumors sprang up. Butler later appeared on ESPN’s The Jump, where Rachel Nichols asked Butler what he liked about that post.

Butler said, “I like his hairstyle. I like the little dreads, the braids, the beard looks well-nourished. And I liked the post… There’s a lot of stuff always in the media. I think that he’s a hell of a player. I like the group we have. To tell you the truth, I just want the guy to be happy. That’s what life is about. That’s what the game is about.”

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Does Jimmy Butler want James Harden at South Beach?

James Harden can make any team a contender. There are no doubts about the quality he brings to the team. But Butler’s response felt like an extended ‘no.’

Without Harden, the Heat reached the Finals last season, and that was due to the chemistry they had. Many other teams were better on paper, but the grittiness the Heat showed was unmatchable. This is all part of the Heat culture that Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra have inculcated.

Sep 27, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hands the Eastern Conference Championship trophy to forward Bam Adebayo (13) after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately for Harden, he does not fit in this group. He has a superstar mentality, which will help him excel on other teams but not at the Heat. He has often been criticized for his lack of team play, with former NBA star Gilbert Arenas being the latest to do so.

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Aside from the team culture aspect, it is almost impossible for the Heat to trade for him. The Rockets are looking for a superstar in return for any Harden trade. But the Heat would have to trade multiple players like Tyler Herro, Kelly Olynyk, Andre Iguodala, and Kendrick Nunn.

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets bites his beard during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Heat won’t be interested in giving up their young core, nor will they throw in a host of picks like the Rockets are demanding. So this trade has to be ruled out, and Harden will have to look elsewhere.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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