Celtics unlikely to trade for Bulls star Jimmy Butler

Celtics unlikely to trade for Bulls star Jimmy Butler

The Boston Celtics just made a blockbuster trade to shake up this week's NBA Draft, but they have much bigger plans in mind and may be looking to make another. The Jazz are nearly certainly going to make him a maximum offer to try to retain him, while the Celtics and Heat also are expected to be suitors.

Surely, the Celtics must be coming for Butler next, right? Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hasn't built his trove of future assets while also building an Eastern Conference finalist by taking the short play.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune recently polled three general managers on the prospects of a potential Jimmy Butler deal to Boston. ESPN's Mark Stein reported on Friday that the trade between the Celtics and 76ers is actually a three-team deal where Butler will be headed to Boston.

Now, the Pelicans have never said anything about trading away their franchise player and it would likely take a mint to get them to part ways with Davis. There is plenty of belief within the league and the Bulls organization that the Celtics are poised to use the No. 3 pick Thursday and then pursue Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward in free agency come July. Since the star wing has a minimum of two full seasons left, the Bulls could expect a rich haul in return for Butler.




"We were down on Jimmy Butler after that series, no doubt about it", said Zolak.

The Jimmy Butler to Celtics trade chatter first gained traction during last year's NBA Draft night and once again gathered steam during February's NBA Trade Deadline.

Only the Celtics know if that will change by Thursday.

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