Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

The Houston Rockets breathed new life into the Jimmy Butler trade saga Thursday by offering a staggering amount of draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Wolves have continued to solicit offers for Butler since the start of the regular season.

That's a lot of first-round picks to give up - we've seen how a similar trade set the Brooklyn Nets back for multiple years - but Morey and the Rockets are clearly in win-now mode.

Wojnarowski reported earlier in the month that the T-Wolves and Miami Heat were close to a deal involving Butler, but talks fractured after Minnesota pushed for more near the completion of the deal.

Wiggins is averaging 15.8 points, two assists and 1.3 steals per game this season. Butler will become a free agent at season's end, so four first-round picks would be quite the expense for what in all likelihood would be a rental player.




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. He has started publicly his desire to be traded several times.

Houston is now dealing with injuries to two starters, both with hamstring injuries.

Recent reports have suggested the Timberwolves are hesitant to trade Butler to the Rockets since they both compete in the Western Conference.

Houston brought back most of that team from a year ago, but lost an important player at the wing in Trevor Ariza and depth like Luc Mbah a Moute.

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