We lost a big piece in Jimmy. He did a lot of great things for us. But we should be up there. On paper, we got a really good team, so now it’s on us to go out there and actually prove it.

“It was a big loss, because me and [Butler], we got to the point where we were really close. We’re still close, we talk a lot. That’s my guy. That’s my buddy forever. I wish he was on the team, because I feel like the relationship that I built with him could’ve gone a long way. Jimmy, when it was the fourth quarter, we knew the ball was going to be either me or Jimmy’s hands. I knew that I could count on him, too. This year, it kind of changes around.”

As for Butler’s decision, Embiid understands it completely and has no ill will towards the Heat star.

Regardless, Embiid will always have love for Butler and even had some kind words for him. It’s clear the two were very close.

“That’s my brother forever,” Embiid explained. “I wish he was on the team.”

These are the kind of things you don’t say during an interview. 

Makes you wonder if he’s happy with his current team. . . 

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