Report: Rockets making a 'strong effort' to land Jimmy Butler via trade

Although there appears to be high interest in Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves are refusing to budge unless they receive something significant in return.

Since announcing his desire to the traded away, the Miami Heat have emerged as the most likely destination for the point guard.

However, the 29-year-old has also listed the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks as favorable landing spots.

Several other teams are rumoured to be interested in Butler as well, but now another team is reportedly interested that could become the new frontrunner.

According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston, the Houston Rockets are making a “strong effort” to land Butler in a trade with Minnesota.

It will be interesting to see what kind of offer the Rockets would send to the Timberwolves, especially when you consider the asking price they’re looking for for the point guard.

Recent reports have stated that the Timberwolves’ asking price in any trade for the point guard is too steep for some teams to cooperate with.

Minnesota is reportedly in search of “quality” veterans, top prospects, future assets and cap relief in any swap, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

With this asking price in mind, it’s difficult to imagine what the Rockets could possibly offer the Timberwolves for Butler without dismantling their team.

Yet again, we’ve seen Houston’s general manager Daryl Morey pull off some crazy deals in the past, and they’ve paid off big time too, such as the one with the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden.

They could look to make a three-team trade in order to make the deal happen.

It’s not out of the realms of possibility, but if the reports of the Timberwolves’ asking price for Butler for true, it might be difficult for the Rockets to execute a trade for the point guard.

Wolves owner Glen Taylor has expressed his desire since Butler’s trade request to get a deal done as soon as possible, so Houston might be able to use this piece of information to their advantage.

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