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The Rockets Offer Four First-Round Picks For Jimmy Butler

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The Houston Rockets are ready to bet their future on Jimmy Butler.

Reports from ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski have the Rockets offering four first-round picks to acquire Butler.  Woj broke the news earlier on Thursday and talks have continued to heat up between the teams.

Teams are not allowed to trade first-round picks in consecutive years and can’t trade out a pick farther than seven seasons. This offer would likely be the Rockets’ first-round picks in 2019, 2021, 2023 and 2025. The picks would come with limited protection.

Butler, 29, is averaging 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.8 steals in his first four starts this season. His defense could give Houston the opportunity to challenge the Warriors dominance in the West. The team came close in the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets had a 3-2 lead before Chris Paul’s injury.

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Jalen Ramsey Pissed Off With Trade Rumors

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Jalen Ramsey’s name has been in the trade rumor mill the past couple of weeks.

The Jaguars have denied all reports of trading their All-Pro cornerback. But the reports have been taking toll on the young star.

“I’ve been pretty pissed off, I’m not going to lie to you,” Ramsey said after the Steelers game on Sunday. “I have. I’ve been battling with my emotions, trying to hold them in. But you know I truly believe I don’t have any bad days. I have hard days sometimes.”

Ramsey intercepted Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter and picked off a pass intended for Brown in the end zone in the third quarter.

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Lebron James Scores 51 Points In His First Win In Miami In Four Years

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Lebron James was winless in Miami since he left in 2014. That all changed on Sunday night when James scored 51 points in a win against his former team.

“It’s always great to be here, come back here and see a lot of familiar faces,” said James “We had some not-so-good times, we had more great times. So it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people of Miami, especially the people who work here. We put in a lot of time.”

James finished the game going 19 for 31 from the field with 9 rebounds.

“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

“I felt pretty good. I felt pretty good,” James said, playing on the second night of a back-to-back after mustering just 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting in a loss to the Magic on Saturday. “I think we were all kind of shell-shocked in Orlando from that cross-country flight, getting in late to Orlando and just having the time difference. … But we was able to get some good rest last night and feel pretty good about today’s game.”

The Lakers won the game 117-97.

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Steph Curry Speaks On Kevin Durant And Draymond Green Spat

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Steph Curry has been held off the court with a minor ankle injury. While Draymond was held off due to the team-imposed suspension for his on-court argument with Kevin Durant.

Curry spoke to the Associated Press about the effect the suspension would have on the relationship between KD and Draymond.

“They have a lot of equity built in their relationship,” Curry said. “They’ve won championships together. They’ve brought out the best in each other. Obviously, I don’t think they’ve had an incident to this level, but you don’t have the experiences that you’ve had and go through the journey that we’ve been on and let it be derailed by something like that.”

“We have the opportunity to do something extremely special this year,” Curry said. “There’s going to be ups and downs and bumps in the road, whether it’s self-inflicted or whether it’s from outside. At the end of the day, nothing should distract us from what our goal is.”

He also said that the team has worked out the problem between Green and Durant, adding that both players have shown class.

“I think the way we’ve handled it as a team, the way Draymond’s handled it, the way KD’s handled it, it’s been nothing but professionalism,” Curry said.

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