Jimmy Butler's agent reacts to Heat president's criticism of his star client.

Bernie Lee, Butler's agent, responded Monday to Miami Heat team president Pat Riley's criticism of his star client.

Riley made two direct references to Butler at his season-ending news conference on Monday.

The 79-year-old Hall of Famer initially chastised the six-time All-Star for his lack of availability throughout the season. Butler appeared in 60 games during the 2023-24 regular season before missing the team's

second play-in tournament game and the whole first-round series against the Boston Celtics due to an MCL injury.

"Taking issue in games in which he plays is just not reality," Lee told Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "This past season, we had a conversation at the start of the year,

just with some of the changes, rules changes in the NBA, the priority that was in place to be able to participate in every game he was physically able to participate for, and I can tell you that he lived up that commitment."

Riley also stated that the two sides "thoroughly" discussed Butler's availability prior to the 2023-24 season, but there was a "gray area"

during the regular season. When asked if the 34-year-old could still be a key player on a championship-winning team, Riley responded, "Yes...

In order to address the issue of load management, the NBA established a minimum of 65 games played to be eligible for postseason prizes. Lee wasn't finished defending Butler.

"When you look at Jimmy's entire career, I'm not sure where this narrative comes from, in terms of continually questioning his availability. However, over his five years in Miami, the Miami Heat have played 61 postseason games,

 Since joining Miami, he has led the club in both minutes per game and overall minutes in every playoff series," he added. "He's done that for five consecutive.


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