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Sources: Jimmy Butler Challenged Brett Brown Over Offensive Role

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler has aggressively challenged coach Brett Brown on his role in the offense, complicating an already tenuous chemistry among the team’s Big Three hierarchy, league sources told ESPN.

Butler has been vocal in his contesting of Brown and his system, including a recent film session in Portland that some witnesses considered “disrespectful” and beyond normal player-coach discourse.

Brown has told people within the organization that he had no issues with that exchange and considered it within the confines of the relationship that he has developed with Butler, sources said.

While a source close to Butler contends that his intense, direct style can come off as combative as he is trying to make clear his viewpoints, Butler’s sluggish assimilation into the Sixers environment is causing some concern about his long-term viability and fit with the organization, league sources said. Nevertheless, the franchise’s full focus and resources remain on making this new partnership work this season and beyond.

Source: Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Kyle Kuzma to Miss Season Opener

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Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction) will not play in Tuesday’s season opener.

Source: Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter

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Report: Nick Young to Retire if Not Signed this Season

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For the record, Swaggy P hasn’t officially retired from the NBA. While he gets up shots at the gym and waits for an interested squad to hit him up, Nick Young admits he can see the writing on the wall. If a team doesn’t give him one last shot to lace ‘em up, the NBA champion is going to officially call it a career after the 2019-20 season.

“This is pretty much like my last year, if nothing happened,” says Young. “I’m just going to call it, it’s over. No more Swaggy P.”

Source: Adam Caparell of Complex

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Sources: HEAT Suspend Dion Waiters for Conduct Detrimental to Team.

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Source: Heat suspending Dion Waiters for season opener, possibly longer.

The official word: The Miami Heat announced that Dion Waiters has been suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He will be able to return to the team on Thursday.


Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

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