As talks with Heat fall apart, Rockets amp up aggressiveness in getting Jimmy Butler deal done
After trade talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat fell apart, the Houston Rockets now get into the picture and seem to be determined to trade for Jimmy Butler.
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, sources reveal that the Rockets have also been aggressive in pursuing Butler who, to recall, requested for a trade some three weeks ago. Wojnarowski reported that since the Rockets don’t have the cap room to sign the four-time All-Star and defensive stalwart, they need to get him now.
“Like Miami, Houston doesn’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler in the summer and needs to acquire him now to obtain his Bird Rights to retain him on a new deal in July.”
Initially, Butler named three teams as preferred destinations, all of which have the ample cap space to accommodate him. The teams — L.A. Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks — however, never came close to a deal.
Details regarding the possible Timberwolves-Rockets deal should come out in the next coming days.
The Rockets are considered to be the best immediate threat to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. They were just one game away from outlasting the defending champions last season. And with the possible acquisition of an elite player looming in the horizon, the Rockets would be bolstering their chances.
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