Sixers may be willing to deal Butler in sign-and-trade

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The Philadelphia 76ers would like to re-sign free agent swingman Jimmy Butler but it appears they would also be willing to deal him in a sign-and-trade scenario, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

As ESPN reported, the Houston Rockets are trying to pursue a trade centered on Butler. A Rockets-Sixers trade would almost certainly need to include a third team.

Right now, the Rockets are said to be offering Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela, individually, to clear salary-cap space in their pursuit of Butler. Also, Gordon could potentially be part of a deal that would send him to the Sixers.

Butler, 29, averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 55 games with the Sixers during the regular season. The Sixers lost to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Butler has also been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. Along with those teams, the Sixers are expected to offer Butler a max-level contract -- and are able to pay him more than anyone else to keep him.

NBA free agency opens Sunday.