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

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"But the hope is that they'll be able to use the No. 3 pick to get Jimmy Butler".

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune recently polled three general managers on the prospects of a potential Jimmy Butler deal to Boston.

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

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are either targeting or have interest in a potential Jimmy Butler trade as the offseason heats up. Also, the Celtics reportedly passed up on the idea of drafting consensus No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz for Kansas wing Josh Jackson, who is projected to go No. 3 in Thursday's Draft.

There might be a method to the madness, as the C's GM continues to search for the flawless deal to make Boston championship contenders.

Butler has a Player Option worth US$19.8 million (AU$25.9 million) for the 2019-20 season. Butler is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract to capitalise on the NBA's rising salary cap.

Enter the Celtics, who then chose to move back two spots to No. 3 and acquire an additional future first-round pick in the process. 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.

"Jimmy Butler, as a piece, is not a bad idea".

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