The Houston Rockets have their sights set on getting over the hump in the postseason and they view Jimmy Butler as the guy who can help make that possible.
In order to do so, they’ll need a trade partner if they want to land the All Star shooting guard. The Rockets do not have the necessary cap space to offer Butler the max contract he could receive from the Philadelphia 76ers or any other team, so the Rockets are reportedly targeting a sign-and-trade with the Sixers.
Houston was said to be putting Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker on the trade block with the hopes of acquiring enough future draft picks to flip to Philadelphia as part of a Butler sign-and-trade.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported on Friday that the Rockets have actually found a trade partner for Capela, but they won’t part ways with him unless they are sure they can land Butler.
The 25-year-old Capela is coming off a year where he averaged career highs with 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
Houston finished with a 53-29 record this past season, which was good enough to be 3rd in the Western Conference.