Could the Rockets be in talks to bring another star to Houston?
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have offered four future first-round picks in exchange for Butler in their most recent trade offer.
Four first-round picks…
*inserts Shannon Sharpe “woah” gif*
Houston is most likely to offer their unprotected first-round picks in 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025, to comply with the League’s 7-year rule which allows a team to trade up to 4 first-round draft picks, but those picks have to be given every other year. This offer could really help the Timberwolves’ future alongside their two other young stars: Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
Through four games this season, Butler has averaged 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while going 42.9 percent from 3-point land.
Though Rocket fans would like to add Jimmy Buckets today, they may have to wait a bit longer. The Rockets would have to wait until October 31st to complete a deal so they could send Brandon Knight, who was acquired almost two months ago, to the Timberwolves for cap reasons. If the Houston Rockets somehow pull off a deal without giving up a key rotation player from their team (aka Eric Gordon or PJ Tucker) they win this trade 100%. Jimmy Butler is a Top 15 player in the NBA. High first-round draft choices aren’t guaranteed to give you anything. Butler is a proven star in this league, so you pull the trigger now.
The last four first-round picks for the Houston Rockets have been Sam Dekker, Clint Capela, Jeremy Lamb, and Royce White.
Yes, the Royce White who was planning on taking a train to every away game during his NBA career.
You would trade those picks away for Jimmy Butler in a heartbeat.
I know it seems like a ton to give up for a player who may walk in eight months. Maybe not...this team is set to win now. The only thing stopping them is that one team in the Bay. I think adding Jimmy Butler is the equivalent to the Warriors adding Boogie Cousins. So, would you trade four first-round picks for a championship? Who says no? Let’s run it back...
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