Ryan Hollins says Rockets will be ‘hurtin’ after not getting Jimmy Butler
Former NBA player and now-ESPN analyst Ryan Hollins believes the Houston Rockets will be “hurtin” after failing to land Jimmy Butler:
— First Take (@FirstTake) July 5, 2019
The Rockets expressed interest in Butler going back to this past season when they were reportedly willing to give up four first-round picks for the shooting guard. They were then aggressively trying to work out a sign-and-trade deal this summer, but Butler wanted to go to the Miami Heat and wound up with a four-year, $140 million deal from the Heat as part of a four-team trade.
Butler now joins his fourth team after brief stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers following the start of his career with the Chicago Bulls. It is believed Butler wanted to join the Heat so he can have his own team.
Houston has been on the cusp of championship pedigree three years in a row, losing in the Western Conference Finals to the Golden State Warriors in 2018.
One of the biggest questions for the Rockets is what they can do to get over the hump, whether it being pairing another star with James Harden and Chris Paul, or simply running it back.
Houston has done little to improve this offseason, with rumors surfacing that the team could be interested in trading center Clint Capela. That seemed to be mostly contingent on possibly getting Butler, though, and now Daryl Morey will do what he can to bolster the roster sans Jimmy.
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