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The Houston Rockets have offered four first round picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jimmy Butler. He was traded to the Timberwolves before last season.

The belief is that Thibodeau would rather see an impact player included in the deal, and perhaps less draft picks since first rounders can not be packaged together in consecutive years.

Butler would join all-star's Chris Paul and James Harden to form a new big three in Houston.

According to multiple reports, Butler and Wolves owner Glen Taylor reached an an agreement that boils down to the Wolves continuing to seek a trade for Butler and Butler agreeing to play up to par.

If they are able to acquire Butler, they plan on trying to re-sign him to a long-term deal this offseason when he will likely become an unrestricted free agent. Teams are not allowed to trade first-round picks in consecutive years and can't trade out a pick farther than seven seasons. Coach Tom Thibodeau wants to get back players who could help the Timberwolves remain in playoff contention while Taylor is more concerned about the draft picks.

Butler, who has been outstanding to start the season, has appeared in four games and is averaging just shy of 25 points per game on 53.5 per cent shooting to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

The other major factors working against the Rockets are time and money, as they might not have enough of either to make the trade work.

Houston has struggled its way to a 1-3 start, with the 21st-ranked offense, 20th-ranked defense and 23rd-ranked net rating in the league.


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