Rockets Plan to Recruit Jimmy Butler in Free Agency

The Sixers may lose both Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler this summer

Here are five teams that could sign Butler once free agency begins on June 30. Or in Woj's words, they are "planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal".

Chris Paul has reportedly been made available this summer, but no team is expected to want his massive contract.

League rules prohibit Butler and his agent Bernie Lee from discussing the deal prior to the start of free agency on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. But as Wojnarowski points out, Philadelphia remains optimistic it can re-sign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. A four-year, $146.5 million deal would also be possible.

The Rockets acquired Paul in a sign-and-trade, sending seven players including Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley, plus a draft pick to the Clippers, allowing them to remain in playoff contention after losing the nine-time All-Star.

Right away, Clint Capela is the one player who immediately comes to mind in regards to which current members of the Rockets the Sixers should target since it nearly seems impossible that Houston would be able to keep him around if Butler were to come on board.

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It's been well-documented how much money the Knicks have to spend. Neither is any other outside free agent-to be, for that matter. Trading for players like Gordon and Capela could make a lot of sense in that scenario.

Dallas has a long shot to land Mavericks.

The likely move might have to be Marcus Smart ($12.5 million) heading out the door to make room for Capela. Tucker - to make the financial deal work, sources said. George speculates that Boston's goal would be to land Capela.

But Houston doesn't have the cap space needed to pull it off. So, one way or another they will need to fill out the roster over the offseason. Butler's level of interest in pursuing the Rockets' idea is unclear.

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