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Sixers’ Brett Brown Believes Jimmy Butler Will Put Team ‘Amongst Royalty for a While’

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is excited for the debut of recently acquired All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Wednesday, and believes the addition of the fiery scorer will vault the team into a new stratosphere in the NBA.

“Maybe [Butler is] the first move in the new reality that our goal is to build for a championship, and play in the NBA Finals, and continue to be an annual — and that’s always the hardest thing — contender” Browns said, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “I think we are building a core, truly, with their ages, that is going to have the ability to do that. We are going to have the ability to do that for a while now.

“We’ll be amongst royalty for a while now. So if you refer to that as sort of the first phase of the legitimate process, I think that’s fair.”

Butler will team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to form a formidable Big 3 in the Eastern Conference for what the Sixers hope will be for many years to come.

 

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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas Wants to Find Permanent Home

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Washington Wizards’ guard Isaiah Thomas is looking to find a permanent home as he gets his career back on track.

Thomas is currently on a one-year minimum contract with the Wizards, and while he didn’t rule out a long-term deal with Washington, he did state his goal is on this long-term future.

“I want to be somewhere I can be three or four years,” Thomas said, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

“I was in Sacramento for three years. I was in Boston for three years. Even though that’s not a long time, I was comfortable there. My family was able to build relationships with people around the organization, people around the city. It just made things easier. So, what I am looking for — obviously, I want to get paid the most I possibly can, because I feel like I deserve that, but I also want to be able to be somewhere for a while.”

Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Wizards this season.

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Undergoes Surgery

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Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery on his left hand is expected to miss approximately six weeks, the team announced this week.

Hayward suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Hayward, 29, had been showing signs of a return to form of late, so the injury comes at a bad time.

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Bucks’ Khris Middleton Out with Leg Injury

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will miss multiple weeks due to a left leg injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Middleton’s injury is considered to be a thigh contusion, and is expected to keep him out anywhere from three to four weeks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez.

Middleton, 28, is averaging 18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 2.9 APG for Milwaukee this season.

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