Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

Rockets offer four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly trying to acquire Jimmy Butler in a trade.

Butler expressed a strong desire to be traded during the late stages of the offseason, and while the ongoing situation with the Wolves seems untenable, he has played very well in the four games he's appeared in this season for Minnesota. However, the report adds the Timberwolves wouldn't have the opportunity to immediately use any of the assets acquired in the trade because Chriss and Knight don't have a timetable to return.

So much that they are offering literally every first-round pick they're allowed to send in a trade by the National Basketball Association, thanks to draft rules.

Butler would join all-star's Chris Paul and James Harden to form a new big three in Houston. The lottery protections on the picks would be limited according to Wojnarowski.

The Rockets are 1-3 and welcome the Clippers to Houston on Friday. 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. The team has said that they are committed to trading Butler when they are presented with a satisfactory offer. Four picks is the most a team is allowed to trade at one time during a seven-year period.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told Butler when he reported to training camp that the club would trade him once they were satisfied with an offer.

We have a two ideas of how to make this work and then we'll go from there - but before we do, it's important to note that Morey will only sign this deal if he gets some kind of confirmation that Butler intends to re-sign with the Rockets.

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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