"We have a championship window, and it's important that we do whatever it takes to capitalize on it", Brand said.
Prior to Wednesday's game, Sixers coach Brett Brown insisted Fultz would remain a part of the team's plans moving forward, and Brown was good to his word against the Magic. The Sixers have been much better on the defensive end of the floor, where they rank 9th in defensive rating, as opposed to 21st in offensive rating, and there's no statistical evidence based on this season that Butler will improve Philadelphia defensively.
"We thought this was the best one for us and so we executed it", said Thibodeau, the Wolves' coach and basketball president. There were reports of Thibodeau's hesitance to deal Butler, even after the All-NBA guard's trade request went public just before training camp.
"They have a couple of guys here who are really awesome", he said.
The fallout in the time since raised questions about whether Butler is a good teammate.
"Just being around the guys, getting to know them a little bit, and being hella confused by some plays", Butler said of what he got out of shootaround. "They'll have significant roles, I can tell you that".
GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith jokes about attending 'a public hanging'
White said he believes he received the video because he has been writing about racism in the South for about a dozen years. The public hanging remark was all the more contentious given the biography of Hyde-Smith's political opponent.
"I mean, I don't know how I can keep saying it".
"I love my teammates".
"I think if a player had a problem with me they would (say it)", Butler revealed.
If he decides he doesn't like the atmosphere in Philadelphia, Butler can opt out of the final season of his current contract and test free agency this summer, but reports after the trade said the sides intend to agree on a contract extension after the season. "We hope that we see the fit there this season because we know what kind of talent he is", Brand said. "I just look to compete and make winning plays".
A pair of free throws by Magic center Nikola Vucevic with 5.3 seconds left officially iced the game, sending Philadelphia to a surprising defeat in Butler's first game with the franchise.
That's still a ways down the road. They then went on an 11-2 run to close things out to give Orlando a 111-106 victory and spoil Butler's first game with Philadelphia.