The Houston Rockets are going big game hunting once free agency opens on Sunday. They’ll reportedly be recruiting free agent guard Jimmy Butler in a potential sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Rockets currently have $125.2 million on their payroll so they’re over the salary cap but they’re below the luxury tax threshold which allows them to execute a sign-and-trade according to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement .
Houston would have to move at least two of these players in order to be able to acquire Butler and the potential four-year, $140 million dollar contract that would come with the All-Star .
- Clint Capela ($14.8 million)
- Eric Gordon ($14.05 million)
- P.J. Tucker ($8.3 million)
It would also be very likely that at least a third team will have to be brought into the conversation to make a potential deal work. Philadelphia would likely not want Capela and would rather flip him to another team to collect more assets to build around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons .
Philadelphia wants to bring Butler back and it’s expected they’ll offer him the full five-year max contract worth $190 million. They also have Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick as free agents and would likely want to keep the core together and make another run towards an NBA championship.
Butler is also expected to be pursued by the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat once free agency opens.