- PJ Tucker signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency.
- Tucker spent the 2021-22 season as a teammate of Jimmy Butler with the Miami Heat.
- Butler had some choice words for Tucker under his Instagram post thanking the city of Miami.
Jimmy Butler is one of the strongest personalities in the NBA.
That’s probably putting it light. Butler is never afraid to speak his mind. Nor is former teammate PJ Tucker. And the two had an interesting exchange on Wednesday.
Tucker played alongside Butler with the Miami Heat in the 2021-22 season. The duo helped lead Miami to the best record in the Eastern Conference and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Rather than stay in Miami, Tucker secured a huge deal in free agency to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers for three years and $33 million. Tucker posted a message on Instagram thanking the Heat organization and fans. Butler, however, had some choice words.
“F— you and @JoelEmbiid” — Jimmy Butler to PJ Traitor. I mean Tucker. pic.twitter.com/91q6V34IX6
— Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) July 7, 2022
Now, it’s very possible Butler is joking here. He and Tucker had a pretty good relationship in Miami and Butler also mentioned Joel Embiid, with whom he’s friendly. But it’s Jimmy Butler, so it’s also very possible that he’s unhappy with Tucker’s exit and isn’t afraid to show it.
Fans were enjoying the reply either way.
Jimmy Butler is a damn mood https://t.co/FEkwwWPPaU
— Karlo Lovenia (@karlolovenia) July 7, 2022
— Landoc (@landoc88) July 7, 2022
Bhahahahahahahahahaha love it https://t.co/g7J3cey5u2
— x- The Real Rams Rapp (@TheOtherGarth) July 7, 2022
NBA Offseason >>>> https://t.co/XINXG9XnNx
— 𝔸𝕕𝕒𝕞 𝔼𝕡𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕚𝕟 (@AwaddRadio) July 7, 2022
Butler and the Heat will take on the Sixers at least three times in 2022-23. Fans will undoubtedly be excited to see how he and Tucker interact the first time the two teams meet, especially with both considered championship contenders.