Report: Rockets offering trio to clear cap space
NBA.com Global on Jun 27, 2019 07:59 AM
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 28: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets looks to passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Semi-Finals of the NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Looking to acquire Jimmy Butler from the 76ers in a sign-and-trade, the Rockets have offered Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker individually to teams with cap space, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
Reporting w/ @ZachLowe: Houston’s offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker individually to teams w/ space to absorb salary. Rockets trying for best available first-rounder for any of those three, hoping to redirect pick to Philly in pursuit of Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
The Rockets are hoping to team Butler with Chris Paul and James Harden in hopes of making a deeper postseason run in 2019-20. But as Wojnarowski points out, Philadelphia remains optimistic it can re-sign both Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris.
Philadelphia has been privately expressing confidence around NBA that it can re-sign Butler and Tobias Harris, but Houston remains on case of selling Butler/76ers with a sign-and-trade scenario once free agency starts on Sunday.
One Houston player is hoping the team doesn't make any drastic changes this offseason, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
Houston player to me recently: “I hope they don’t panic. I hope they don’t make drastic moves. We are right there. We’ve just got to figure out some things, fine tune some things, but we are right there. We don’t need to change much. It’s not the time to f---ing panic.” https://t.co/JmwX47K2ej— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 26, 2019