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Houston Rockets To Be "Aggressive" In Pursuit Of Jimmy Butler

James Harden sitting on the bench with Chris Paul.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets (R) talk on the bench in the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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

According to a report from Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets focused their sights on Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler.

Late last week, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes confirmed Butler will opt out of his contract with the 76ers to become an unrestricted free agent.

"Rockets are expected to pursue Butler and be aggressive in their pursuit. Seen as an ideal fit on both ends of court, and in helping push Rockets to the top of the wide-open West," Smith reported late Tuesday night.

The obvious question here is whether or not the Rockets have cap space for Butler.

The answer is no, but that won't stop general manager Daryl Morey from attempting a sign and trade or some other way to circumvent the cap.

On Tuesday, reports surfaced of Chris Paul's deteriorating relationship with Rockets star James Harden. Trading Paul would alleviate the cap pressure on Houston and give the Rockets room to make a bold play for Butler or other superstars.

Houston owes Paul $124 million over the next three seasons - which will make it very difficult to trade him.