In a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Houston Rockets are pursuing a sign-and-trade for Sixers star Jimmy Butler, who will be a hot commodity come next week when free agency kicks off.
While this news isn’t ideal for Philadelphia as they would much rather keep Butler, they could use this trade as a way to fill out the depth that the team is lacking. Let’s take a look at what a potential deal between these two teams would look like:
Houston receives: Jimmy Butler
Philadelphia receives: Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, and two first round draft picks
For starters, Houston has found themselves in a very tight cap situation. The deals of every member of their starting five keep them right around the luxury tax threshold. This is the reasoning why they need to a sign-and-trade to acquire Butler.
For this deal to go through, the Sixers would need to take on some contracts of Houston’s more expensive players outside of James Harden and Chris Paul. That leaves Philadelphia with a lineup of Clint Capela, PJ Tucker, and Eric Gordon.
Although Capela is an excellent player, his contract is a bit too hefty to serve as a backup for Joel Embiid as the two most certainly can’t be on the floor at the same time with each other. Gordon and Tucker on the other hand make perfect sense.
Eric Gordon – 16.2ppg (36% from 3pt)
PJ Tucker – 7.3ppg 5.8rpg 1.6spg
Eric Gordon with his ability to provide scoring sparks off the bench is one of the most elite 6th men in the league. PJ Tucker serves as that 3-and-D player as he’s shot over 37% from deep for the past few seasons and is viewed as one of the best defenders in the league.
Philadelphia would also receive some pick compensation in this deal in the form of two 1st round picks.
If you recall, the Rockets offered Minnesota a whopping four 1st round picks for Butler back in the Fall. Philadelphia should and most likely will take advantage of that past offer.
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