Details On Rockets’, Pelicans’ Trade Offers For Butler

A report over the weekend indicated that the Timberwolves had three trade offers on the table for Jimmy Butler before ultimately deciding to pull the trigger on a Sixers package headlined by Robert Covington and Dario Saric. In their latest report for The Athletic, Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic provide some details on the other two offers Minnesota was considering, which came from the Rockets and Pelicans.

According to Charania and Krawczynski, the Rockets – who had previously offered four first-round picks attached to Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss – adjusted their proposal to make it more appealing to Tom Thibodeau, who remains in win-now mode. Houston’s offer featured Eric Gordon, Nene, and two first-round picks, sources told The Athletic. It’s not clear what sort of protections would have been on those first-rounders, or whether any other pieces were involved.

As for the Pelicans, they weren’t mentioned often over the last couple months as a serious suitor for Butler, but they were engaged in talks with Minnesota at the end of the process. Charania and Krawczynski report that New Orleans’ package was headlined by Nikola Mirotic and an unprotected first-round pick. Again, it’s unclear what other pieces would have been included in such a deal — Mirotic’s salary wouldn’t have been enough to match Butler’s on its own.

The full report from Charania and Krawczynski is excellent, providing a timeline of the Butler saga from mid-September right up until today. It’s worth checking out in full if you have a subscription to The Athletic.

Here are a few more highlights from the piece:

  • Friday’s game was viewed as a fork in the road for both the Timberwolves and Butler. We previously heard that Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden decided after that game that Butler had played his last game for the team — it sounds like Butler had made up his mind too. According to Charania and Krawczynski, the 29-year-old had decided to begin sitting out indefinitely after that game if Minnesota didn’t trade him.
  • Thibodeau subsequently told his staff after Friday’s game that they had to move Butler, sources tell The Athletic. In fact, the Timberwolves nearly held the All-NBA swingman out of Friday’s game because they already had traction on a potential deal.
  • The Heat‘s original offer for Butler included Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and a draft pick, per Charania and Krawczynski. Miami later extended Winslow and put Josh Richardson into an offer. However, when a deal involving Richardson fell apart, the Heat pulled him off the table and never included him in another offer.
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19 thoughts on “Details On Rockets’, Pelicans’ Trade Offers For Butler

  1. Woj also said New Orleans wouldn’t include Jrue Holiday. That makes me think Thibs might have asked Washington for Bradley Beal. I read Glen Taylor is the one who pulled the strings after Minnesota lost 5 straight games.

    • Googled “Did Minnesota ask New Orleans” to find that one. It also said New Orleans said no to multiple picks. CBS Sportsline says Minnesota did ask Washington for Beal.
      This saga isn’t over yet. Taylor finally said do the trade. It’s been reported Taylor wants to ask Chauncey Billups to run the Wolves next season. And it’s been reported that Taylor almost fired Thibs last summer. Will Thibs be the next coach fired?

  2. Loren Polonsky

    Glad this saga is over. This was a huge embarrassment to the NBA and a blemish on one of the league’s best all around players. Lots of blame to go around.

    • Spike4christ

      This was a blemish on Jimmy Butler. A leader can motivate almost anyone and he failed with Towns and Wiggins.

  3. Bryzzo2016

    This sounds more of a fit issue. E Gordon, Bradley Beal are too similar to Wiggins. They needed a wing that could defend and a stretch 4. They got both in the deal w/ Philly.

    No, they didn’t get anywhere near the value that they gave up to the Bulls to acquire Butler, but no one realistically expected him to.

    It was a horrible trade they made to acquire Butler, but give them credit for recognizing that, getting the best deal they could and moving on.

  4. victorg

    still think the rockets were the best deal unless morey put some crazy top 20 protection on it.

  5. Minnesota asked for Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, and Jrue Holiday. Obviously Thibs didn’t want to trade Jimmy. Everybody was smart enough not to overspend for an expensive player with a bad attitude. The $38mm Jimmy is about to get will do to Philly what LeBron did to the Cavs. Once Simmons and Jimmy get their contracts, they won’t be getting any new players for a while. Better hope Jummy gets along with Simmons and Embiid. They may lose Reddick this summer. He’s their only 3 point shooter.

    • LordBanana

      “$38mm Jimmy is about to get will do to Philly what LeBron did to the Cavs” 4 finals and a championship?

      • Are you going to teach Markelle and Ben how to shoot? Better hope Kawhi doesn’t stay in Toronto.
        The Pacers almost signed Reddick last summer. The Sixers just sent their only 2 other 3 point shooters to the Wolves. Jimmy is a career ,340% 3 point shooter. Without Reddick, they’ll be up deep doo doo.

      • I think eventually they will have to put an asterisk next to LeBron saying he didn’t play anybody in the eastern conference finals. He won’t make the NBA finals having to face the Warriors 1st. His window for getting another championship is closing.

        • LordBanana

          Using that (hilarious) logic, shouldn’t the Warriors have an ever bigger asterisk?

          Teams LeBron has beaten in the finals:
          Thunder with Durant, Westbrook, Harden
          Spurs with Pop, big 3 and Kawhi
          Warriors after the greatest regular season ever

          Teams the Warriors have beaten in the finals:
          Cavs team missing Irving, Love and Varejo
          Cavs team with LeBron/Kyrie/Love
          Cavs team with no Kyrie

          LeBron’s beaten three legendary teams and the Warriors have beaten one team led by one guy that you think is not very good. Just using your logic here.

        • x%sure

          Ptn is so compelled to hate Lebron he threw his fair-weather favorite team under the bus!
          GSW gets the asterisk if anyone does, for playing the weaker eastern teams in this era for their titles.

          It is a dumb idea though. The NFC won 13 straight super bowls and nobody got an asterisk. Nobody even gets asterisks without some rule change.

  6. x%sure

    Miami should have offered a Dieng-JJohnson swap in addition to Winslow/Dragic or JRich/Dragic or whatever.
    They need a star, and I doubt JRich will reach Butler’s level. Butler’s first 4 years were way better than Richardson’s.
    Riley has to go.

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