Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has admitted that it will be a challenge integrating Jimmy Butler into his squad following the blockbuster deal that went down over the weekend.
Butler is officially a Philly player, with the confirmation of his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Monday. And the player is ready to suit up to help his new team win games as they hope to challenge for a championship this season.
Brown, though, has the small matter of Markelle Fultz and his minutes to handle and has said that it will be tough to change the rotation to accommodate a player of Jimmy's talent.
"It is [difficult]," Brown told ESPN after watching the Sixers beat the Miami Heat 124-114. "Because you've got a human side, and a responsibility to the individual, but mostly you've got a responsibility to the team, and somewhere in that pyramid of layers I've got to figure it out.
"There's no book that tells you how to do that. I use my gut feel and best judgement and just keep it very candid. When I feel something, or see something, and you can convey it to you, or the team, or whatever, that's when I feel comfortable.
"And so Jimmy is going to come in, we're going to make a decision on what that looks like, and we'll roll."
Brown insists he's going to help Fultz get through his current issues but it's not as simple as just being a coach.
"I mean, it's so much - for me, it's so much deeper than, like, the responsibility of being the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018," he continued. "It's growing him and his confidence and his spirit and his game, and helping him navigate through a completely bizarre period earlier in his life, where he's trying to get through injury and figure it all out. That's on my mind more than, 'Do I play him 18 minutes or 12 minutes?' It's not that at all. It's not that at all.
"And, so, along this path, we'll figure this out together."
What This Means
Fitting Butler into the mix was always going to be tough for Brown. But the four-time All-Star will be preferred for the time being. Obviously, Philly isn't ready to give up on Fultz yet and they are still very confident he can blossom into a superstar. But with a new kid on the block in Butler, the youngster's minutes are going to be reduced and he is likely to play backup to Ben Simmons in the second unit.