Houston Rockets Aggressively Pursuing Jimmy Butler in Free Agency

We wouldn’t put it past Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, because he’s one to make moves out of thin air for the organization, but reports are coming out that the franchise is going to pursue Jimmy Butler this free agency period.

Of course, after the debacle that has been Chris Paul and James Harden at odds and reports that CP3 never demanded a trade out of the team (and nobody called), the Rockets need to make some sort of maneuver to save face after being ousted by the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs — yet again.

According to Stephen A. Smith, both Butler and Harden have been in communication with one another and Jimmy will consider Houston as a destination, but the team does not have the cap space to sign him outright this summer.

Adrian Wojnarowski points out that Butler would have to tell the Philadelphia 76ers to do a sign-and-trade for him to leave in order to make that happen.

The Sixers can sign Jimmy to a five-year, $190 million dollar SUPER MAX at the start of free agency, while other teams can only offer four years.

If Philly does consider a sign-and-trade (with a contract worth four-year, $146.5M), the Rockets would have to send back the contracts of Clint Capela, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon to make it all work financially.

Either way, Butler’s services will be in high demand this summer.

Obviously, the 76ers traded for Jimmy to keep him beyond just last year, but they will have to shoe-off potential suitors trying to poach him. Plus, how will that impact the signing of Tobias Harris?

It’ll be interesting to see how it all goes down by the end of the week.

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