It didn't take too long after The Finals ended for some National Basketball Association trade rumors to send social media into a frenzy with the reports of a potential deal with the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers that would revolve around the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He has been a member of the Chicago franchise since it selected him 30th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Marquette, seeing his scoring average increase each year. 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.
If the Celtics are in fact in on Jimmy Butler, they will have some competition.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported the Phoenix Suns could be the third team in a multi-club trade involving the Cavs. Scott Zolak admitted he gets much more excited about established players like Butler than future draft picks, even though Butler underperformed for the Bulls in their playoff series loss to the Celtics.
Butler made an All-NBA team this season, while Hayward did not, but the difference between the two may not be so vast for the Celtics to mortgage their future to acquire Butler over Hayward, if it comes to that. I'll roll in with a starting five like that. But it also depends on how big of a role Butler would play in the lineup.
Many have drawn a straight line from the Celtics' activity to the Bulls, as they have coveted Butler since Butler has ascended to stardom.
"Jimmy Butler, as a piece, is not a bad idea".
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