However, the report adds the Timberwolves wouldn't have the opportunity to immediately use any of the assets acquired in the trade because Chriss and Knight don't have a timetable to return.
Houston's push represents a desire to sacrifice some long-term roster flexibility and go all-in with a legitimate third star to partner with All-NBA guards James Harden and Chris Paul in pursuit of a championship.
Given their early-season issues, it's not surprising that Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has reportedly renewed discussions on a possible trade for disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves wing Jimmy Butler.
Will the Timberwolves actually trade Jimmy Butler this season?
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Houston is now dealing with injuries to two starters, both with hamstring injuries.
The belief is that Thibodeau would rather see an impact player included in the deal, and perhaps less draft picks since first rounders can not be packaged together in consecutive years.
The lottery protections on picks in this proposed deal would be limited. Butler will become a free agent at season's end, so four first-round picks would be quite the expense for what in all likelihood would be a rental player.
Recent reports have suggested the Timberwolves are hesitant to trade Butler to the Rockets since they both compete in the Western Conference. Teams are not allowed to trade first-round picks in consecutive years and can't trade out a pick farther than seven seasons.