Cavaliers trying to acquire Jimmy Butler

Cavaliers trying to acquire Jimmy Butler

Well, that changed on Monday afternoon, just days before the NBA Draft is set to take place.

Think of it this way: If you polled a bunch of Celtics fans week ago asking if they'd trade the first overall pick as part of a package including Crowder for Butler, nobody would say it.

However, it is Jimmy Butler's future with the team that is now up for debate. After agreeing to trade the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder with protections, the question now is what Danny Ainge will do with that third overall pick. But it also depends on how big of a role Butler would play in the lineup.

Adam Zagoria is saying that league sources tell him the Celtics could be loading up on draft picks to make a trade with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

More news: Orioles draft high school left-hander in first round

In next year's draft, they have their own pick, Brooklyn's first-round pick and the Lakers' first-round pick, if it falls between No. 2-5, according to The Vertical. 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? Smith said that is not quite a done deal, but it is said to be the Celtics' goal. The Celtics have enough to put a competitive team on the floor as is without having to add a player of Butler's caliber.

The Bulls aren't giving Butler away.

But who knows if the Bulls have an actual desire to trade Butler, as players of his caliber are hard to come by and consistently drafting high doesn't guarantee anything in the way of the future-anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the National Basketball Association knows that. They don't know if they will be able to.

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