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NBA Insider: Rockets "Believe They Have Trade Partner" For Clint Capela

James Harden and Chris Paul playing for the Houston Rockets.

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 02: James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets look on during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on April 2, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets reportedly believe they have a trade partner for forward Clint Capela.

According to a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets may have a trade partner.

However, the Rockets do not plan to deal Capela unless Houston is confident it can land Jimmy Butler.

"The Rockets believe they have a trade partner for Clint Capela but do not intend to deal Capela unless they are sure they can acquire marquee Sixers free agent Jimmy Butler, according to a source briefed on Houston's thinking," Stein reported on Friday afternoon.

Houston entered the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes earlier this week and it looks like they're doing everything possible to land a third star.

Earlier reports from the offseason suggested Chris Paul and James Harden were at odds during the season.

Adding Jimmy Butler to an already volatile locker room doesn't seem like a great idea, but competing the Western Conference precipitates desperate moves.

Butler, Paul and Harden are strong personalities, but winning cures all ails. Pairing the three together would give the Rockets arguably the best three-man punch in the league - depending on other free agency moves.

Philadelphia reportedly plans to make a large offer to Butler to entice him to stay with the 76ers.

Stay tuned.