Rockets Planning To Pursue Jimmy Butler, Push For Sign-And-Trade With 76ers

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With all the hoopla the Houston Rockets have been going through over the past few weeks with their two stars reportedly beefing with each other, the franchise could certainly use some good news or just about anything positive to happen.

That news may come in the form of Jimmy Butler possibly signing with the team, according to ESPN’s WOJ.

But Houston doesn’t have the cap space needed to pull it off.

WOJ explains how they can do it:

“The Rockets don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler, so they’d need the threat of the Sixers losing him for nothing to a team with the available room to motivate the Sixers into a trade. The Rockets would also potentially need to make this a multi-team deal to satisfy the rules of Base Year Compensation that would cover Butler’s outgoing salary.

Butler would be eligible to sign a four-year, $140 million contract on the way to the Rockets, but Houston would likely need to include center Clint Capela and guard Eric Gordon to make the financial deal work, sources said.”

Houston previously tried to get Butler during the early part of the 18-19 season following his trade request from the Minnesota Timberwolves. They had offered the T-wolves four future first-round picks before the Timberwolves agreed to the trade with Philadelphia.

Losing Butler would hurt the 76ers chances of competing for a title, but would drastically help the Rockets move further into the postseason next season, especially with a hobbled Golden State Warriors squad who won’t be at full strength.