not long ago: The Rockets intend to aggressively pursue former 76ers forward Jimmy Butler this summer!
Well, as soon as the news came out, everyone could think of the ideal blueprint for the Rockets—try hard to pursue Butler, just to make up for the striker; in addition, to be honest, who can resist the Warriors in the West except for the Rockets this season?
Don’t talk about the Clippers. Anyone who has watched the playoffs this year knows that although the Warriors have advanced to the finals, the series against the Rockets will either win or lose every game. The strength can be described as equal!
Many people think that the Rockets are worthless if they don’t win the Warriors, just like James and the Cavaliers back then; also, looking at the difficult situation of the Rockets in the free agent market this summer, it is hard not to think that the Rockets have a high probability of winning next season.
After all, Paul’s state is going from bad to worse, and he has a rift with Harden in the playoffs this season.
But is it difficult to admit that the Rockets in recent years are the best team in the West except for the Warriors, not even one of them?
That is to say, the best Rockets were at that time in 2018, but now, the Warriors who will be seriously injured next season, even if they renew Durant and Thompson, will basically withdraw from the championship.
If the Lakers didn’t have the deal with Big Eyebrows, the Rockets would actually maintain their original formation and still have a chance to be the best team in the West; after all, Paul is still a good second-in-command, not at the 4,000 level, but it must be worth 25 million.
What’s more, what about the Lakers of James Big Eyebrow?
It still depends on the performance of next season.
The Rockets’ combat power based on the original lineup is the same, but during the offseason, the Rockets will still have changes in trading operations; and now, they already have goals-Harden Paul Butler, the strength of the Big 3 is expected to make
They hit No. 1 in the Western Conference again under the current Western Conference environment.
It’s just that the Rockets’ goal is difficult, because what kind of posture should the Rockets use to trade for Butler?
First of all, Butler has jumped out of the contract and become a free agent, which means that the Rockets must get Butler by signing; but the Rockets’ total salary for next season is as high as 120.55 million US dollars!
It should be said that the only possibility for the Rockets is to get Butler by signing first and then trading.
But the Rockets are destined to be unable to get rid of Paul’s 40 million contract. Even if they get rid of it, there will never be a team willing to sign Butler first in exchange for Paul;
There is also a high probability that the manager will be fired immediately and become the laughing stock of the league.
It is possible for Gordon, Tucker, and Capela to be replaced with the first-round pick; but even if they are replaced, the Rockets’ salary space will be completely filled because the Big 3 occupies more than 100 million, and they will not be able to move in the future
So in the final analysis, let’s not talk about whether Butler will be like Paul, who dislikes Harden walking on the court and missing people in defense.
Take over the pattern of Gordon, Tucker, and Capela with the first-round picks in exchange for Butler.
It is conceivable that the entire league is an obstacle, because no team will recognize the Rockets’ current ideas, and Morey will not be able to sell more promotional videos.