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NBA Trade Rumors: Rockets Offering 4 First-Round Draft Picks for Jimmy Butler

Adrian Wojnarowski and other NBA media are picking up on the eye-popping trade suggestion.

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The Houston Rockets are trying to engineer a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and have made an offer which includes four future first-round NBA Draft picks. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first to report the rumor.

In the follow-up article, Wojnarowski explains that the Rockets have been after Butler since the beginning of the season. They’re pushing the pedal to the metal to get him.

The Rockets’ offer constitutes the maximum number of first-round picks allowable in a deal, factoring in league rules that necessitate no first-rounders can be conveyed in successive years, and no pick can be traded farther out than seven seasons.

The lottery protections on picks in this proposed deal would be limited.

The particulars on those picks are detailed, owing to the NBA’s Ted Stepien Rule, which prevents teams from leaving themselves without first-round picks in consecutive future years, and the prohibition on trading picks more than seven years out.

Butler averaged 24.8 ppg, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for the Timberwolves last season.