The Houston Rockets seem hellbent on landing Jimmy Butler, but with some other financial commitments possibly impeding that from happening, they might have to be a little creative in order to acquire the star swingman.
Houston reportedly is interested in finessing a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to land Butler, who is set to become a free agent on June 30. Of course, Butler all but certainly will receive a max deal, so some significant money would have to come back Philly’s way in order to make such a trade happen.
As such, it appears at least a couple notable Rockets would be on the move in this potential blockbuster. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, who Houston might have to part with.
“Butler would be eligible to sign a four-year, $140 million contract on the way to the Rockets,” Wojnarowski wrote,” but Houston likely would need to include two of these players — center Clint Capela, guard Eric Gordon and power forward P.J. Tucker — to make the financial deal work, sources said.”
While Butler is a premier talent, that would be a pretty big return for the 76ers. And if he’s going to leave for nothing anyways, then it might be a no-brainer to pull off that type of move.