Cavaliers and Timberwolves looking to acquire Jimmy Butler

The Celtics Could Be Gearing Up To Make A Run At Jimmy Butler

Smith said live on his show First Take that the 76ers were looking to trade the No. 3 pick for Butler, and the Celtics are now trying to do the same - plus add Gordon Hayward in free agency.

"Philadelphia said, 'We don't want Jimmy Butler, we like our youth movement", Smith said on ESPN. At that time, the Celtics refused to offer their first-round pick from the Nets - the one that, via the May draft lottery, became this No. 1 pick about to be traded to the 76ers - without protections on it.

Names-big names-will be thrown around and there could either be an explosion of activity where star players will change addresses, creating a potential shift in conference hierarchies.

If the Celtics are in fact in on Jimmy Butler, they will have some competition.




"The worst case scenario is they find themselves in a position to draft somebody like a Josh Jackson out of Kansas". But what, now that the Celtics have picked up what could be the 12th pick in the 2019 draft in order to move down two spots, they should suddenly be OK with moving their top pick for Butler?

The more assets the Celtics have, the more assets the Bulls would ask for in a potential deal. They don't know if they will be able to.

The dumbest thing someone could do would be to assume Danny Ainge is done making moves, so what's next?

But just because it rings, it doesn't mean the Bulls have to kowtow or that they will; the status quo may not be sexy but it may be prudent.

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