After Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid posted a photo on Instagram captioned with the classic Batman line, “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain,” Tuesday night — amid rumblings of discord in the team’s ranks — the Heat star saw an opportunity.
“I know a place where villains are welcome,” Butler commented, along with a “shrug” emoji, seemingly a reference to the Heat. To which Embiid replied “Damn right my brother.”
Butler played 55 games with Embiid and the Sixers last season before Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors bounced them in the conference semifinals. Butler had clashed with teammates and coaches at previous stops, including his brief stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but thus far the marriage between he and the Heat has been described as soulmates finding one another.