Celtics Want To Flip No. 3 Pick In Trade For Jimmy Butler

The Celtics could also be acquiring more first-round picks to deal for Jimmy Butler, per league source.

The 76ers turned down the deal and instead traded the pick in a package for No. 1 overall to draft Markelle Fultz on Thursday.

Friday, ESPN reported that the Celtics could be trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder.

"The Boston Celtics are planning on acquiring Jimmy Butler", Smith added.

According to Smith, the Bulls actually were willing to send Butler to the Sixers in a trade involving No. 3 pick.

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? Butler is expected to decline his 2019-20 player option, so he can join the 2019 free-agent market.

The Bulls aren't giving Butler away. From one perspective, it would make more sense for Celtics to first try to lure Hayward with a long-term big-money contract the first week of July rather than trade established National Basketball Association talent and assets this week for Butler, who they'd have control of for two years before he can hit free agency again. In March, a front-office execute told The Ringer that Butler was "as good as gone" from Chicago and would push the Bulls front office to trade him this summer. During the six-game playoff series against the Celtics, Butler averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. For the Boston Celtics, the No. 3 pick, worst-case scenario is that they find themselves in a position to draft somebody like a Josh Jackson out of Kansas.

  • Stacy Allen