"If the Sixers were to lose Butler in free agency - and were in position to keep Harris and Redick - it is possible that the Sixers could simply want the payroll flexibility and dismiss the potential idea of a sign-and-trade scenario for Butler", Wojnarowski reported. They had offered the T-wolves four future first-round picks before the Timberwolves agreed to the trade with Philadelphia.
Of course, the Rockets are already $17 million over the salary cap and there's no way they can clear enough space to sign Butler outright. Shortly after, there were rumblings that a deal worth more than $100 million over four years for the 33-year-old big man was waiting in free agency, as Marc Stein of the New York Times revealed.
The Houston Rockets are going all-in in their pursuit of Jimmy Butler, prepared to give up anyone short of James Harden in order to make it happen. Where might players like Capela, Gordon or Tucker end up? Redick, both of whom are also unrestricted free agents. NY owns all of its own first-rounders going forward, as well as two of the Dallas Mavericks' first-round picks through 2023. I hope they don't make drastic moves.
"They have tough decisions to make and so do we", Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand said earlier this week.
According to Spotrac, the Sixers now are projected to hold north of $58.868 million in practical salary cap space.