Report: Rockets among teams interested in Jimmy Butler

Report: Rockets among teams interested in Jimmy Butler

Could Jimmy Butler go home to Houston?

Apparently, the Rockets are interested in trying to make it happen, though we're not sure how the numbers would work out.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets, Nets, Pistons, Clippers, Heat, 76ers and Blazers are "interested in talking further with Minnesota" about trying to acquire the four-time All-Star. The Cavs are also interested acquiring Butler, according to Woj.

Houston has a problem, though. They are already $11.444 million over the luxury cap threshold. Butler is set to make $20.445 million in 2018-19 and $19.841 million in 2019-20, so the Rockets would have to do salary cap gymnastics to make a deal work.

On Friday, GM Daryl Morey told The Houston Chronicle that the Rockets are "doing what we can to prepare for" the Warriors.

Acquiring Butler would certainly fit that messaging.

Warriors' Andre Iguodala misses Timberwolves game with hip tightness


Warriors' Andre Iguodala misses Timberwolves game with hip tightness

OAKLAND – Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was a late scratch from the game Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The veteran was experiencing tightness in his right hip, the team announced in the second quarter.

This is the third game Iguodala has missed this season, after he sat out two games in the first three weeks due to tightness in his left calf.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged before the game that he intends to rest his veterans -- particularly Shaun Livingston and Iguodala -- sometime this month. Both likely would have rested sooner if not for injuries to Draymond Green and Stephen Curry.

Iguodala’s soreness is not expected to sideline him on Wednesday, when the Warriors face the Toronto Raptors at Oracle.

Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins committed to appropriately deliberate rehab

Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins committed to appropriately deliberate rehab

OAKLAND – If it seems like the Warriors are treating the return of cener DeMarcus Cousins with the kind of extra care reserved for a valuable but not yet necessary asset, it is because they are and he is.

Coach Steve Kerr emphasized as much on Monday, hours after Cousins worked out with the G League Warriors in Santa Cruz, when he conceded he had not yet talked with Cousins or Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles.

“I assume it all went well,” Kerr said. “If it hadn’t, I would have heard by now.”

The plan, Kerr said, is to take it “day-to-day.” No rush whatsoever.

Which is as it should be, if not week-to-week. The Warriors didn’t need Cousins for Game 27 last Friday in Milwaukee against the Bucks, and they didn’t need him for Game 28 on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, either. They won’t need him for Game 29 or 30 or 31 or 32.

Truthfully, the Warriors’ resume indicates they may not need Cousins at all.

Such casual conditions are why Cousins knows he can go to Santa Cruz and work up a copious sweat with the G League Warriors. Indeed, it’s why he volunteered to go.

“It was my idea,” Cousins told reporters after his first practice in Santa Cruz. “I wanted to come down. Before I want to step foot on the floor, I wanted to get in some type of basketball rhythm.

“That’s something me and the trainers kind of butted heads about. They have their idea of getting ready for a game, and I have mine. The last thing I wanted to do was go from doing drill work and 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, straight to an NBA game. I would be kind of shooting myself in the foot with that.”

For Cousins, you see, returning to the NBA is as much about pride as contractual obligation. He was an All-Star when he ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon in January and he wants to be as close as possible to that level once he’s back in the lineup.

This is in total accordance with the Warriors, who express not the slightest hint iota of a whisper or a rumor about anything remotely resembling urgency.

“I just want to be in the best shape possible and the best rhythm possible before I actually step on the floor for an NBA game,” Cousins said.

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Dr. Rick Celebrini, the new director of sports medicine and performance for the Warriors, is the man through whom Cousins has been working. And it will be Celebrini who decides when the big man is physical ready for the demands of an NBA game.

“It’s coming from Rick Celebrini rather than from our doctors,” Kerr said of Cousins’ ongoing rehab. “DeMarcus feels pretty good and I think the Achilles is healing nicely, but it’s an injury that is unique in that your movement is really affected. Running and moving, when you are dealing with a sprained ankle or knee strain is one thing, but with an Achilles, from what I understand, and I have spoken with Jonas (Jerebko) about as well, it’s just different. You kind of have to get your bearings and that takes some time.”

Cousins went through a rigorous midday workout in Santa Cruz and later came to Oracle Arena, before the Warriors-Timberwolves game, to do individual shooting drills under the supervision of assistant coach Chris DeMarco.

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Cousins said. “I’m extremely excited to get back on the floor.”

There is no plan for him to play in a G League game, and it’s not likely that he will.

That’s not why the Warriors signed him. They didn’t sign him to play in the NBA in December, either, though it can’t be ruled out. They don’t need him now.

But, boy, will Cousins come in handy for what’s anticipated in April, May and June.

Just as Kevin Durant made a great team appreciably greater, Cousins can make a versatile team far more versatile than it has been at any time during the most impressive run in franchise history.