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Rockets reportedly making trade push for Jimmy Butler

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The Houston Rockets are not off to the best start this season, and they may be seeking reinforcements.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the 1-3 Rockets have renewed their effort to acquire Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Woj says the Rockets’ latest trade offer for Butler included four first-round picks. That’s a hefty price, but it makes sense in the context of the team.

The Rockets recognize they have a limited current window to win a championship. That’s why they signed 33-year-old Chris Paul to a 4-year deal for nearly $160 million. Do they think CP3 will be a great asset at 36? Probably not, but they’re willing to pay that price to have the best chance at winning now.

The Rockets took the Golden State Warriors to seven games in the playoffs last season. They probably feel adding Butler could give them an edge against Golden State. Now it remains to be seen whether Minnesota will deal Butler, which is something Tom Thibodeau has been reluctant to do.

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