Jimmy Butler occasionally butted heads with former Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins over their work ethic and desire to win. Now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers following Saturday's blockbuster trade, Butler finds himself paired alongside two other budding stars and questions over whether history will repeat itself in the City of Brotherly Love.
One of those stars, Joel Embiid, isn't going to allow Butler and his aggressive leadership style to change how he conducts himself both on and off the floor.
"I'm going to do me," Embiid said, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "I'm going to do Joel Embiid. I'm going to dominate. Occasionally, when guys from the other team want to talk trash, I'm going to be right there talking trash (and) using social media. That's me. Nothing's going to change. I'm going to be me.
"I've been doing a great job being there for this franchise, being here since basically (the rebuilding process) started. I intend to keep doing what I've been doing - help my teammates play better and make everybody happy and make sure we can win games."
Having no pre-existing relationship with Butler, Embiid is intrigued over the possibilities of what they can potentially accomplish as a cohesive unit. He also sees no harm in Butler possibly being confrontational, just as long as its for the betterment of the Sixers.
"If it's beneficial for me and for the team, then no problem," added the 7-footer. "But if it's something that I don't think is going to be good for the franchise, then that's not okay. I think everybody knows that I say whatever I want, whatever comes to my mind. I don't have no problem doing that.
"But I'm excited having him. I think we can build something special. I'm excited to go out there and play and have someone else help carry the load. Hopefully, we make it to the Finals and have a shot at the title."
The official trade call and physicals are reportedly scheduled for Monday, with the 76ers under the impression that Butler will be in uniform for Wednesday's meeting with the Orlando Magic at the earliest.