Houston Rockets: A proposed Daryl Morey sales pitch for Jimmy Butler

Free agent guard/forward Jimmy Butler, who's being targeted by the Houston Rockets (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Free agent guard/forward Jimmy Butler, who's being targeted by the Houston Rockets (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets have made it no secret of their interest in the services of Jimmy Butler. How should Daryl Morey approach his sales pitch? Let’s look.

It’s almost that time for the Houston Rockets.  The ballyhooed, red-letter date that all hoops heads look forward to each and every summer is now upon us.  The rumor mill is churning out a whole bunch of fodder for us to analyze and project how our respective teams will look next season.

This offseason has been littered with more rumors league-wide than quite some time.  There has been a ton of movement and that’s good for the players because they have that freedom to secure the contracts that are in their best interests.

Although the role of the ownership is important, it’s the players that should ultimately have the bargaining power because it’s them that puts the money into franchise’s coffers and it’s who fans that spend their hard-earned money to go see.

Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Al Horford and even Kevin Durant will likely be changing their addresses of residence at the mere stroke of a pen tonight when the opening bell sounds for NBA free agency.  It’s exciting, isn’t it?

As you know, the Houston Rockets are pursuing the likes of guard/forward Jimmy Butler as their third star to complement James Harden and Chris Paul but with other teams having interest in his services, general manager Daryl Morey will have to make a sales pitch of a lifetime.

I tweeted yesterday on the House of Houston account on what the team should do in this meeting that’s reportedly scheduled to take place early this week so let’s dig in for a bit.

Announcement of the meeting as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

They need everybody that they can get to fill that room to ensure that Butler doesn’t walk out without a lucrative, close to the max-level contract that he is seeking.  Harden, Paul, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler should be in that room.

J.J. Watt is an avid basketball fan and if they can fly him in, they need to do so too if it has an effect on his decision.  You’ve got to use every bit of weapon that you can to ensure that the objective of landing Butler is met.

And here’s my proposed sales pitch that Morey should employ:

Morey needs to look Jimmy right in the eyes at the end of the table and tell him these things. Now,

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of course, I had all kinds of scenarios of how this meeting is going to look played out in my head but I think this is one that’s the most reasonable.  Don’t you think?

Although it’d be nice to have a dramatization of this with Morey doing his best impression of Blake in the 1992 cult-classic film Glengarry Glen Ross, I’m sure Morey will have a firm but a more tepid version of how he’ll try to strong-arm Butler to the Houston Rockets.

And that reminds me — I haven’t seen that movie in a while, I’ll have to prop up one of these days and watch it once again.

It’d sure be nice for Morey to jokingly yell at his staff one of Baldwin’s infamous quotes from the movie, exclaiming that “coffee is for closers!”

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We’ll see if their sales pitch is enough to win Butler over but I can only imagine how this will go down early this week.

If I were a fly on the wall in that room…

Ladies and Gentlemen, Happy NBA free agency day!