NBA Trades: Rockets become instant contenders in proposed blockbuster with Heat 

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NBA Trades: Will the Rockets accept this deal?

Since arriving in Miami, Butler has established himself as one of the best stars in the game today. While his regular seasons look modest, Butler is notorious for raising his game when it matters: the postseason.

Butler has averaged 25 PPG, seven rebounds, and six assists in 64 playoff games. This includes eight 40 point eruptions With the young core that the Rockets have, they need a veteran that understands what it takes to go deep into the postseason.

Butler has also been one of the NBA’s best two way players since he came into the league, averaging almost two steals per game for his career and his on ball defense has always been elite. Given the fact that Udoka has emphasized the defensive end of the floor as the Rockets coach, Butler will fit his system like a glove.

The Rockets are reportedly looking to make a splash this offseason and are ready to contend in the Western Conference this season. Houston has also been aggressive in looking for a wing in the past couple seasons as well, so Butler fits a need they have been trying to fill.

While saying goodbye to a top draft pick like Jalen Green and a steady veteran in Dillon Brooks, this trade would set up Houston for the next step. A core of VanVleet, Butler, and Sengun would be very dangerous in the West. They also still have younger guys like Thompson and Whitmore who are ready for bigger roles and would benefit from more playing time. The Rockets would likely accept this deal.