Rockets making renewed bid to acquire Jimmy Butler


It appears the Rockets would very much like to bring in Jimmy Butler.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have apparently shown "no inclination to move" on Thursday's reported trade offer from the Houston Rockets, according to Stadium's Shams Charania, which would send four first-round draft picks their way in exchange for Jimmy Butler.

Though Butler has been trying to force his way out of Minnesota since the offseason, the Timberwolves have held onto him while continuing to field trade offers. However, the report adds the Timberwolves wouldn't have the opportunity to immediately use any of the assets acquired in the trade because Chriss and Knight don't have a timetable to return. "Minnesota was still adamant on receiving Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, but Houston will not put Tucker on the table".

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Butler would join all-star's Chris Paul and James Harden to form a new big three in Houston.

This year has started out rough as the team dropped to 1-3 after a Wednesday night defeat to the Utah Jazz.

So much that they are offering literally every first-round pick they're allowed to send in a trade by the National Basketball Association, thanks to draft rules. The lottery protections on the picks would be limited according to Wojnarowski.

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Butler, 29, plans to become an unrestricted free agent.

Draft picks, especially first-rounders, are a hot commodity in today's National Basketball Association, so they would at least have to consider Houston's offer rather than risk watching Butler walk away from the team for nothing after this season. A revised offer reportedly packaged Richardson, center Kelly Olynyk and a first-rounder, but they all got the boot from president Tom Thibodeau, who is quarterbacking operations in trade talks.

The Rockets would be trading for Butler with a strong desire to re-sign him this summer to a long-term contract extension.

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Our first trade will include a lot of draft picks, per the story above - and all have gone through the ESPN trade machine legally.