Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler


Butler requested a trade before the season and the Timberwolves reportedly were on the verge of completing a trade with the Heat before changes proposed by Minnesota led to a breakdown in talks earlier this month, according to The New York Times. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets are making a renewed pitch to try and land the four-time All-Star with a package that includes four first-round picks.

The Rockets are 1-3 and welcome the Clippers to Houston on Friday. "Minnesota was still adamant on receiving Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, but Houston will not put Tucker on the table". Per Wojnarowski, the picks would come with limited protection.

It appears the Rockets would very much like to bring in Jimmy Butler. Wojnarowski writes that the Rockets are ready to "sacrifice some long-term roster flexibility and go all-in with a legitimate third star" to partner with last year's MVP James Harden and Chris Paul in pursuit of an National Basketball Association championship.

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Four is the maximum amount of first-round picks Houston is allowed to offer in a potential deal. The team has said that they are committed to trading Butler when they are presented with a satisfactory offer. However, Butler can opt out after this season.

Reports also suggested that the Timberwolves were hesitant to trade Butler to the Rockets since they both compete in the Western Conference.

Of course, those picks are most likely protected, but it's still very interesting and intriguing enough to sign a deal by the end of the night - if true.