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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Report: Rockets offering key players to land assets for Butler pursuit

Jimmy Butler

The Houston Rockets are willing to move some of their key supporting cast to open up cap space and get draft picks that could set up a Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Rockets have reached out to teams with cap space and offered Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker individually. Houston’s hope is that they can net a quality first-round pick to offer to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Butler.

The report underscores just how serious the Rockets appear to be about landing Butler via a sign-and-trade. The 76ers will want to keep him, and there are a lot of doubts over whether this is actually a good fit for the Rockets. They’re clearly intent on making it happen, for better or worse.

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