The Houston Rockets want to get Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade deal

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The Houston Rockets want to acquire swingman Jimmy Butler and plan to recruit him via sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

“The Rockets don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler, so they’d need the threat of the Sixers losing him for nothing to a team with the available room to motivate Philadelphia into a trade. The Rockets also would potentially need to make this a multiteam deal to satisfy the rules of base year compensation that would cover Butler’s outgoing salary,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Last season, the 29-year-old averaged 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 4.0 assists per game.