Celtics Hope To Trade No. 3 Pick for Jimmy Butler

Kristopher Nichols
June 20, 2017

According to ESPN's Stephen A Smith, the Bulls were willing to trade Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick among other assets.

With the Celtics now owning the No. 3 pick, and potentially three first-round picks in 2018, they have the capital to make a run at Butler. Boston acquired the No. 3 overall pick in this Thursday's draft and also a future first-rounder, while Philadelphia moved up to use the top pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

While he may have an uneasy relationship with management and would prefer to be moved, the Bulls won't make a trade unless they get a big haul for him.

Jimmy Butler speculation has buzzed anew since news broke Friday that the Celtics and 76ers are poised to swap the first and third picks in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, with the Celtics adding another future first-round pick to their already deep vault of assets.

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With that in mind, Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler has been mentioned by some in the media as a possible target, but at this time and just as it was in February, a deal is very unlikely.

What's stopping the Celtics from pursuing Butler in July if they need to or want to, depending on how Hayward's free agency concludes? That's how it's gone much of the time in the past involving rumors with the Celtics (and with the Bulls for that matter, in terms of smokescreens).

Surely, the Celtics must be coming for Butler next, right? If Butler were to remain in Chicago, the Celtics are expected to draft either Kansas wing Josh Jackson or Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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