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3 reasons why not getting Jimmy Butler actually benefits the Rockets

Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Toronto Raptors
Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets failed to complete a deal with the 76ers for star forward Jimmy Butler, and in doing so, they probably dodged a bullet.

As free agency started to heat up, multiple reports emerged detailing the Houston Rockets’ interest in acquiring star forward Jimmy Butler.

With Houston well over the salary cap, Houston’s only option to get Butler would be through a sign-and-trade with the Sixers. Before Butler ultimately decided he wanted to join the Heat, the Rockets reportedly found a trade partner for Clint Capela, likely in exchange for a first-round pick, and were one step closer towards completing a deal with Philly for Butler.

The deal eventually fell through, as Butler chose the sandy beaches of South Beach over chasing a ring with the Rockets. Naturally, Rockets fans were disappointed that yet another big name player slipped through our grasps. However, Butler wasn’t a perfect fit for the Rockets.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, many executives around the league think Houston dodged a bullet by missing out on Butler. While Butler has a lot of skills that Houston could certainly use, I agree that he comes with more negatives than positives. Here are three reasons why Butler choosing Miami over Houston actually benefits the Rockets.

Next: No. 3

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