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Jimmy Butler to miss Heat's season opener against Grizzlies

By Sports Desk October 23, 2019

Miami Heat recruit Jimmy Butler will miss the team's NBA season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies due to personal reasons.

The Heat made the announcement prior to Wednesday's visit of the Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said "everything is fine" regarding Butler's situation and that "it's all good."

Butler – a four-time All-Star – signed a four-year, $140million deal with the Heat after moving to Miami in a sign-and-trade from the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.

Last season, Butler was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Sixers just 10 games into the season after he voiced his displeasure with the Minnesota front office.

In 65 games with Minnesota and Philadelphia, the 30-year-old averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

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