Houston Rockets offer Wolves four first-round draft picks for Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

The Houston Rockets continue their pursuit of Jimmy Butler and are trying to make it hard for the Timberwolves to say no.

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

The Rockets' offer constitutes the maximum number of first-round picks allowable in a deal, factoring in league rules that necessitate no first-rounders can be conveyed in successive years. Butler and owner Glen Taylor have stated he is committed to Minnesota while he is still there, but Taylor has told Butler he will be traded when there is a good enough offer, according to Wojnarowski.

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Houston is now dealing with injuries to two starters, both with hamstring injuries. As such, the proposed package would likely include picks well into the future.

He can become a free agent at the end of the season, having turned down a contract extension from the Timberwolves over the summer. That's said to especially be the case with ultra-competitive president/coach Tom Thibodeau, who has tried to convince Butler to reconsider his trade request on multiple occasions.

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.

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.

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