The Houston Rockets have been all in on getting another star player to join the team. Will that persistence prove to be fatal should they end up striking out?
The Houston Rockets are continuing to make headlines this summer. Thankfully, they are a lot more positive now that the coaching and Chris Paul fiascos seem to be just about over for the media.
Now, the Rockets are heavily pursuing getting Jimmy Butler to the team. He’s been wanted by the organization for quite some time, and it would be great to see Jimmy come back to the Houston area, where he grew up.
Butler is a top player in this league and would be a great fit for the Rockets as a whole. The team likes to improve by calling each other out and getting better, and Jimmy is all about that as we’ve seen. I feel like the vets in Houston would take the criticism a bit better than the young guys in Minnesota.
The Rockets players like calling each other out and improving that way, and Butler would fit into that. That’s what Feigen was talking about.
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) June 28, 2019
Basketball-wise, he is a fantastic isolation player and wing scorer, which the Rockets definitely need. His defense is top-tier and he would be able to fit in on both ends of the court.
The potential current issue
It certainly isn’t guaranteed that the Rockets will be getting Jimmy Butler, though. There will be plenty of other suitors that can offer some great situations, as well. That’s why publicizing some of the potential trades that would have to be done to acquire Butler worries me a bit.
hey big head. https://t.co/iYDvs2nos2
— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) June 29, 2019
Yesterday, it was reported that the Rockets have a trade in place for Clint Capela should Butler want to come to Houston. This makes it super awkward if it doesn’t work out, as the team was ready to ship off their starting center whenever it was convenient. It could cause Clint to be dissatisfied with the Rockets and want out anyways.
The Rockets believe they have a trade partner for Clint Capela but do not intend to deal Capela unless they are sure they can acquire marquee Sixers free agent Jimmy Butler, according to a source briefed on Houston's thinking
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2019
Eric Gordon has handled trade rumors well in the past, so I’m not really worried about him potentially getting upset if the deal doesn’t happen. P.J. Tucker, though, would be tough to see leave. Thankfully, it seems like his potential involvement was merely a rumor, but check out this quote from him before it was debunked.
I just don’t want any potential issues in the locker room for the Rockets this year if they don’t end up getting Jimmy Butler. This current team plays well together and might have enough to win it all with a banged-up Warriors team this year. We’ll have to see what happens!