Minnesota Timberwolves: 2 huge Jimmy Butler trades to Houston Rockets

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Just how staggering was the offer?

According to multiple reports, Butler and Wolves owner Glen Taylor reached an an agreement that boils down to the Wolves continuing to seek a trade for Butler and Butler agreeing to play up to par. The Rockets have reportedly put four first-round draft picks on the table.

Per Wojnarowski, the Rockets are including four future first-round draft picks in their most recent offer.

The lottery protections on picks in this proposed deal would be limited.


"Jimmy Butler update: According to a league source, The Wolves contacted the Rockets again Tuesday morning, after their failed deal with Miami this past weekend".

Draft picks, especially first-rounders, are a hot commodity in today's National Basketball Association, so they would at least have to consider Houston's offer rather than risk watching Butler walk away from the team for nothing after this season.

Of course, those picks are most likely protected, but it's still very interesting and intriguing enough to sign a deal by the end of the night - if true.

It's a massive offer for a star the Rockets obviously believe could be the missing piece to a championship juggernaut, though the Timberwolves have shown surprisingly little interest in dealing Butler, who requested a trade in the preseason.


If Butler does indeed head to Houston, the Rockets would get yet another elite player to help their effort to break the Golden State Warriors' stranglehold on the Western Conference.

Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said he would have a nine-player lineup in Toronto, but it might be 10 depending on how Wiggins felt after the morning shootaround.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season for Minnesota, which made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.


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