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ESPN Names Houston Rockets' "Priority" In Free Agency

Jimmy Butler dribbling the ball.

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers is seen during a NBA game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on November 14, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Last week, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reported the Houston Rockets focused their sights on Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler.

The Rockets reportedly plan to be "aggressive" in their pursuit of the NBA star this off-season.

Just a few days later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the Rockets are "planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul."

Houston lacks the cap space to sign Butler in free agency and needs the 76ers to agree to a sign-and-trade.

Here's more from the report:

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 multiteam deal to satisfy the rules of Base Year Compensation that would cover Butler's outgoing salary.

Philadelphia reportedly plans to be aggressive in its pursuit of signing Butler to a long-term deal.

However, if he makes it clear he wants to play the Houston, the 76ers might not have another option - unless the team let's him go in free agency.

Stay tuned for the latest.