Rockets making renewed bid to acquire Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler Mavs Timberwolves

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets are also trying to swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Butler would join all-star's Chris Paul and James Harden to form a new big three in Houston.

League rules prohibit teams from trading more than four first-round draft picks in one deal, and they can not trade first-rounders in consecutive years.

Houston has struggled its way to a 1-3 start, with the 21st-ranked offense, 20th-ranked defense and 23rd-ranked net rating in the league. The lottery protections on the picks would be limited according to Wojnarowski.

As for the Rockets, pulling off this trade for Butler effectively would be going for broke in hopes of winning an National Basketball Association title this season.




Draft picks, especially first-rounders, are a hot commodity in today's National Basketball Association, so they would at least have to consider Houston's offer rather than risk watching Butler walk away from the team for nothing after this season.

So far, Minnesota has been unmoved on offers for Butler, who requested a trade in the preseason and has told the organization that he plans to leave in free agency this summer.

However, rules when it comes to protecting picks in this situation are tricky.

Butler, in the final season of his contract, has demanded a trade by the Wolves and owner Glen Taylor reportedly has told Butler the team will attempt to move him while he continues to play for the franchise.

Our first trade will include a lot of draft picks, per the story above - and all have gone through the ESPN trade machine legally.

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