Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler said Saturday he always wanted to remain with the organization.
On Friday, Butler signed a four-year, $184 million extension to stay with the Heat.
“It was easy,” he said. “They allow me to be me here. They love who I am as a person, as a player. I love the guys that I get an opportunity to play with, and I think we’re going to be a really good team.”
Since he was acquired in the summer of 2019, Butler has always praised the environment in Miami.
“It’s never about money,” he said. “After my first max deal, I knew I was going to be good for a very long time.”
Heat team president Pat Riley was content with the re-signing. Butler, who is entering his third season, has led the Heat to consecutive playoff appearances. They are hoping to improve on last year’s first-round exit to the Milwaukee Bucks after acquiring point guard Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors.
“Jimmy is the anchor and face of our franchise along with Bam [Adebayo] and Kyle,” Riley said. “With Jimmy, we get an All-NBA player, an All-NBA Defensive player, tough as nails and a complete player across the board.
“He’s very deserving of this contract as he continually puts himself at the top of the league at his position. Having him in the Heat organization has been a great, great coup for us.”
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