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Chron Sources: Rockets aggressively pursuing Jimmy Butler

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by DaBeard, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. mikol13

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    Jimmy Butler Ghosted Rockets During 2019 Free Agency

    The Houston Rockets pursued Jimmy Butler during the 2019 free agency period after they offered multiple draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for him before his trade to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    "Look, the Houston Rockets wanted to pay Jimmy Butler the four-year max and he ghosted them," said Tim MacMahon on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Podcast. "They thought they had them and he left them hanging."

    "They had trades lined up, I don't know the teams (or) the destinations, but they had trades lined up for (Clint) Capela and (Eric) Gordon. They were ready to pay Jimmy Butler. They really liked their chances and then suddenly, Jimmy had other thoughts."

    Butler ultimately orchestrated a sign-and-trade to the Miami Heat. Houston kept Capela and Gordon while trading Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook.

    http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/archive/_/id/12426375
     
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    Given Capela’s leap and our lack of high quality depth...I’m ok with this falling through. Harden and Westbrook already is a bad fit. Adding Butler to that would be ridiculous.
     
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    We'd be so good with Butler and CP3 instead of Westbrick.
     
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    actually, I took this as westbrook being out of the equation. This lines up with the morey wanted to add butler to harden/cp3 that has been mentioned on here. He was obviously the plan from day 1. everything thing that came out about how aggressive the rockets were in pursuing him turned out to be true. that trio right there. what could have been
     
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    Either one of them in place of Westbroke makes us way better.
     
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    You're right you're right my timing of the rumors is out of whack. My mistake. Would have been Butler/Harden/Paul, which damn...that would be nice.

    But we'd have, what, Tyson Chandler as our starting center? That'd be dicey.
     
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    my dream was always to add Butler to Harden and CP...once that fell through my hopes for a title decreased heavily

    *sigh*
     
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    yeah the downfall is the center position gets a little questionable. maybe one of the deals netted a center? or they would be more aggressive in signing one of the free agent C's over the summer? who knows what could of been sigh
     
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    I still believe.
     
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    Rockets were over confident and shouldn't have been the moment they were *ghosted.* They played it poorly because to make it work they NEEDED his assurances. I'll never understand their over confidence here. I am sure they were confident in making the *mechanics* of the trade work....but it is pointless unless they KNEW of Butler's interest. Just like the Rockets KNEW of CP3's interest ahead of time.
     
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    The rockets had to have had a reason(s) that they were so aggressive. whether that's from harden relaying information or butler initially showing signs with some kind of interest. I don't believe they went in so blind, setting up avenues to get him if they didn't receive some kind of sign that it would work. maybe one day well find out when these guys get later in their careers
     
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    Pat Riley is the Godfather, I'm surprised he wasn't able to talk Westbrook into going into Miami with how much interest they had in him at the time too.

    My guess is Pat had a conversation with Butler day 1 of FA (or before, no one cares about tampering really) and if Butler had any thoughts about going to Houston Pat changed his mind.

    It reminds me of the Chris Bosh chase, Pat talked him into finishing off his career in Miami when we were trying to get him too.
    https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-heat/sfl-miami-heat-chris-bosh-s102014-story.html

    Of course the situation isn't exactly equal since Riley had more money to offer too, but it's not like Bosh didn't take a pay cut before.
     
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    i forgot about Riley's influence. I guess that can get overlooked a bit. but still a bit surprising to find out Butler just decided to turn his back without any signs or conversations, especially with how much he seems to show a certain level of respect for harden
     
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    Luckily for us . . .
     
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    Yeah, he had that serious issue pop up so it worked out for us
     
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    Harden, Butler, CP3, Tucker and Hartenstein = key to championship!
     
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    I think it's questionable that cp would make us better this year for the duration of the year. It becomes impossible after this year for the length of cp3s contract
     
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    Butler wanted to be THE guy for once. Houston couldn’t offer that.
     
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