Earlier this week, the Houston Rockets reportedly entered the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes, despite not having enough cap space to sign the star in free agency.
In order to land Butler, he would need to opt-in to the final year of his deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and demand a trade to Houston, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
It looks like the Rockets are taking the necessary steps to make a play for Butler.
According to Woj’s latest report, Houston is offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker individually to teams with available cap space.
Reporting w/ @ZachLowe: Houston’s offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker individually to teams w/ space to absorb salary. Rockets trying for best available first-rounder for any of those three, hoping to redirect pick to Philly in pursuit of Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
In return, the Rockets are hoping to land a first-round pick that can be used in pursuit of Jimmy Butler.
Despite the reports of a strained relationship between Chris Paul and James Harden, the Rockets seem more than willing to add another strong personality to the mix.
Butler is from the Houston area, so it makes sense if he wants to come home. Now, general manager Daryl Morey and company will have to find a way to make the money work – which won’t be easy.
However, Morey showed he’s capable of pulling off big moves to ensure the Rockets remain contenders in the Western Conference.
Stay tuned for the latest.