Jimmy Butler Rumors: Scouts Say Rockets "Are "Better Off Without" Him

One of the biggest moves in free agency was announced last Sunday when it was revealed that Jimmy Butler would be leaving the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat. Before joining the Heat, the Houston Rockets had expressed interest in acquiring Butler, although they ended up missing out. The Rockets have had some dysfunction as of late between Chris Paul and James Harden, while Butler has been seen as a bit of nuisance when it comes to his teammates. With this in mind, scouts around the NBA are saying that the Rockets “dodged a bullet” by missing out on the star.

According to a report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, scouts have been saying that the Rockets “are better off” without Butler because he would have messed up the team’s chemistry. With Harden and Paul reportedly at odds with each other, adding Butler to the roster probably wouldn’t be the best idea as it could create even more friction.