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.
Story posting soon: The Houston Rockets are making a renewed bid to acquire Minnesota All-Star Jimmy Butler, including four future first-round draft picks in their most recent trade offer, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 25, 2018
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.