While Ross would fit in Philadelphia, he isn't the team's top priority this offseason. But if and when they do sign the free-agent point guard to a max deal, their best hope for a starting center may be a trade.
As Wojnarowski pointed out in his article about the Rockets plan to land the two-way star, any trade that would land Butler in Houston would more than likely have to include two of the three following players: Clint Capela, P.J.
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As of Thursday, league sources told The Athletic the Rockets have been shopping Capela and Eric Gordon for a first-round pick that could then be used to entice Philadelphia to do a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler. - National Basketball Association scoring champion James Harden and playmaker Chris Paul would have Philadelphia star Jimmy Butler as a new teammate if the Houston Rockets get their way, ESPN reported on June 26, 2019. But bringing Capela's $14.8 million hit aboard would put the C's well over the cap, so they'd need to send salary out to make the trade work. If Butler wants to leave the Philadelphia 76ers, the Rockets could be one of the popular landing spots for him in free agency. The Sixers could offer Butler a four-year, $146.5M deal, too. The 76ers acquired Butler in a trade with Minnesota for Dario Saric and Robert Covington in November. Are the Golden State Warriors going to lose 3 of its starting five players? For a Houston team desperate for a title, he's the type of guy they would love to have. Butler's level of interest in pursuing the Rockets' idea is unclear. And if you think Houston's situation is already chaotic, adding Butler to the mix could make for an all-time season to watch.