Rockets Owner: We’d “Love To Have” Jimmy Butler

While the Heat are regarded as the most serious suitor for Jimmy Butler, the Rockets have also been cited as one of the teams most aggressively looking to acquire the All-NBA wing from the Timberwolves. In a conversation with Steven Godfrey of, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta confirmed that his club would like to trade for Butler – a Houston native – if the price is right.

“We would love to see Jimmy come home to Houston,” Fertitta told Godfrey. “It’s not a financial decision, it’s an assets decision on our part. We’ve got a great basketball team. We think we’re as good as anybody in the league. We’re not going to give up unreasonable assets, to break up this team, to get Jimmy Butler. But we would love to have him.”

The Rockets were said late last month to be making a strong effort to land Butler, though a report last week suggested that the Wolves may be reluctant to send the 29-year-old to Houston, since doing so would help create another super-team in their conference. It’s also not clear what kind of price the Rockets would be willing to pay for Butler — Minnesota would likely ask for Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and draft picks.

Fertitta’s comments – which appear to have been made last month, based on Godfrey’s timeline – probably won’t change the Butler equation at all, but they could result in a fine for the Rockets owner. Executives and representatives for other NBA teams have been hit with tampering penalties for far more innocuous comments about rival players.

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33 thoughts on “Rockets Owner: We’d “Love To Have” Jimmy Butler

  1. Skullking

    Heat: Butler, Dieng, Chandler

    Wolves: Whiteside, Warren, Bender

    Suns: Dragic, Teague

    Logic: Heat get players that give Wade a chance to make the playoffs one last time before retirement, and clear cap space for future signings. Wolves get a strong Center to play alongside Towns in a Twin towers offense, a solid offensive forward to move Wiggins into a SG role instead, and Bender as a hit-or-miss prospect. Suns get two solid point guard that can make them an imidiate playoff conteneder for the next couple years as Melton learns the ropes.

      • Skullking

        Your comment makes no sense. I explained why it makes sense for each team. Explain why it doesn’t.

        • Gus Leggett

          From the Wolves viewpoint, this trade would be down right stupid. Why would they give away a Top 15 player and their starting PG for a HUGE salary in Whiteside, a SF that can’t buy a 3 and (based on you logic) a PF “hit or miss” prospect that would play behind the centerpiece of the team. You did say Whiteside would be the C, which means Towns moves to RF, which is Benders position as well.

          All that said, I would be surprised if the Wolves did something like this…because stupidity is becoming the calling card of this franchise.

          • Skullking

            The logic behind the Wolves in that respect is that, (from an admittedly completely subjective point of view) Teague is WAY overpayed and only outpaces Tyus by a step. I get the feeling he will be backing up Tyus by the end of the year eithr way, not to mention the presence of Rose, who has looked really good so far.
            For Bender, he isn’t ready to contribute at any level yet, but he is only 20 years old, is 7′ and oozes talent in an enviroment where he can learn behind someone with a similar, but far more refined, skillset (Towns).

            Whiteside is a defensive star and no one can deny that.

            Warren is only 25 and has the length, athleticism, and hard-nosed attitude that the Wolves were gonna miss from Butler.

            Wolves aren’t getting a 1-1 trade, but they would be getting more than they paid, even after he tanked his value

        • imindless

          Skull this is bad lol wolves have no need for a cancer like whiteside. I take it your a heat fan? Really the only team this works for, really bad

          • Skullking

            Heat trade their only 2 good players, and get an overpaid, overrated crybaby, but you think they win this trade. seems legit

        • x%sure

          It makes good sense for the Suns! Not so much the others. Wiggins is best left at SF or he will screw things up with more exposure at 2G.
          & Riley is unlikely to trade Dragic, though might for Teague.

    • Heat: Butler
      Suns: Teague
      Kings: Dieng and a 1st
      Wolves: Richardson, Dragic, Warren, McLemore

      • Skullking

        I don’t understand how this trade works, fills everyone’s needs (except the kings but whatever), is so simple, and stays under cap.

        • The heat get Butler, which speaks for itself. The Suns have too many SF and trade one for a desperately needed PG. The kings pick up a 1st for their troubles. The wolves get all the wing depth on good contracts and a shiny new PG in Dragic.

          • I give no fox

            The wolves make out like bandits in this trade, even if you assume it’s their first. Shed dieng and Teague awful contracts for a better pg, two young solid wings and a lottery retread. They can’t get anyone to take on dieng with butler but in this deal they do that and then some…I don’t see it

            • Lol it’s just very much wishful thinking. At this point, I would be happy just getting Richardson and a 1st.

  2. Best quote last week was Pat Riley telling Thibodeaux to get his house in order. How long before or even if they start talks again. The season starts on the 16th.

  3. Nike has already printed Heat jerseys with Jimmy Butler’s name on it. On sale for $115.

  4. Since Jimmy has told the Heat that he wants to be out by Friday, I’ll give it a shot. This works on the ESPN trade machine. Heat get Butler, Gorgui Dieng from Minnesota and T.J. Warren from Phoenix.
    Minnesota gets Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo, Dion Waiters, and 2019 protected 1st round pick from Miami, and Josh Jackson from Phoenix. Phoenix gets Goran Dragic.
    This gives Minnesota the players they want, cap relief, a pick, and dump Dieng. Phoenix gets their point guard, although expensive. They have a new GM. Miami won’t have Butler and Richardson,, but they would have Butler and Warren. And they would dump Waiters. We’ll see if Butler gets his wish by Friday.

    • The Jimmy Butler request to be traded by Friday comes from Sports Illustrated via 5 Reason Sports.

    • Trade machine says this increases Heat win total by 6, decreases Phoenix by 8 (they have a chance to re sign Dragic because of his age, and increase their draft lottery standings), and decrease the Wolves by 10. Thibs will probably be fired any way. This gives them a solid young core. They can try to trade Waiters.

  5. johnstodder

    NBA fans should want Butler on the Rockets, just to see if they can finally catch Golden State.

  6. paladin

    Back by overwhelming popular demand……
    “Ballad of Jimmy B” in D flat minor

    Agent Bernie packed my bags last night pre-flight zero hour 9am. and I think I’m gonna be high as a kite by then. I miss LA so much, I miss my wife. It’s lonely out in Minnesota on such a timeless team
    And I think it’s gonna be a long long time till trade talks bring me round again to find, I’m not the superstar they think I am at home. No No No I’m a Jimmy man burning out his fuse up here alone.
    And I think it’s gonna be a long long time till trade talks bring round again to find I’m not the superstar they think I am at home …Rocketman burnin out his fuse up here alone…
    Minneapolis/St.Paul/Twin cities & local surrounding communities & farming areas ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact it’s cold as hell. And there’s no one there to raise them if you did….
    And all this science trade talk/Hoops Rumors I don’t understand, it’s just my job five days a week….Jimmy man burnin out his fuse up here alone….Kyrie Irving thinks the Earth is flat and so do I ….Jimmy man, Future Rocket man burnin out his fuse up here alone….. Words & Music by Jimmy B …Arrangements & Accompaniment by Thibs, Glen Taylor, P Riley, Agent Bernie Lee

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