Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul might want out, but another NBA star is reportedly attempting to push his way to the Western Conference contenders this summer.
Multiple ESPN insiders are reportedly hearing that Philadelphia 76ers star forward Jimmy Butler is interested in the Rockets in free agency.
"I'm hearing these rumblings about Jimmy trying to get back there," Brian Windhorst said on the latest "Hoop Collective" podcast.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon is also hearing the same.
"They're real rumblings," replied MacMahon. "The Rockets think they have a chance."
The Rockets are without significant cap space, so it would take several moves by GM Daryl Morey to make it happen.
"It would take one of two things to happen: either they would have to take all of those first round picks they offered for Jimmy initially and they would have to trade them to a team with salary cap space. The Knicks, the Hawks have some space left. The Bulls maybe if they don't get Malcolm Brogdon or whatever. They would have to trade them a team and use those picks. Remember how the Warriors wiped the books for Andre Iguodala. They would have to do that and sign Jimmy. Or they would have to work a sign-and-trade with the Sixers, which would be very difficult because then they would lose their ability to be a tax team," Windhorst said.
Houston could also attempt a sign-and-trade with the Sixers, though Philadelphia would have to agree to that.