Just how staggering was the offer?
Butler, in the final season of his contract, has demanded a trade by the Wolves and owner Glen Taylor reportedly has told Butler the team will attempt to move him while he continues to play for the franchise.
The lottery protections on picks in this proposed deal would be limited.Discussions on the players involved in the Minnesota-Houston talks remain fluid, league sources said.
For the Rockets to include a package with four first-round picks, they'd have to be spread out over a seven-year period, as teams are prohibited from trading their first-round picks in consecutive seasons.More news: Liberals play blame game over Wentworth loss
Despite having a standing trade request, Butler has been putting up his usual strong numbers for the Wolves - 24.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a league-leading 3.8 steals per game.
Of course, those picks are most likely protected, but it's still very interesting and intriguing enough to sign a deal by the end of the night - if true.
If Butler does indeed head to Houston, the Rockets would get yet another elite player to help their effort to break the Golden State Warriors' stranglehold on the Western Conference.
Limitations like that on a massive draft pick haul would be reason for the Timberwolves to look elsewhere, especially as Tom Thibodeau tries to construct a victor in the Twin Cities while he still has his job there. Minnesota is 2-3 on the season and hosts the Bucks on Friday.
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