Report: Butler to meet with Heat, Rockets
NBA.com Global on Jun 30, 2019 07:16 AM
FILE - BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 20: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during Game Four of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
Seven months after being traded for Minnesota to Philadelphia, Jimmy Butler appears intent on seeing if another change of address is warranted. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the four-time All-Star is set to meet with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets after free agency negotiations open on Sunday evening (Monday, PHL time).
Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Butler's choice of teams are interesting due to the fact that they currently do not possess the means to sign him directly. Miami and Houston would need to execute sign-and-trade deals that send out current players in order to open up the sufficient cap space.
The Rockets are currently coming off their fourth postseason defeat to the Warriors in the last five years. Miami, meanwhile have missed the playoffs in three of the past five seasons with only one postseason series victory since LeBron James left for Cleveland in 2014.