Yeah, we were ready for all the craziness of the National Basketball Association offseason, but not many people expected to be swimming through some Cavaliers-Jimmy Butler talk. This comes after ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that Chicago had approach the Sixers offering Butler for the No. 3 pick in this week's draft, before Philly shipped that pick to Boston.
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.
The more assets the Celtics have, the more assets the Bulls would ask for in a potential deal. Does adding Butler to the mix get them over the hump? In March, a front-office execute told The Ringer that Butler was "as good as gone" from Chicago and would push the Bulls front office to trade him this summer. Zolak is happy that the Celtics are simply making moves to greatly improve the team.
And Ainge has worked hard to stockpile these assets; would he cash them in for a star in Butler or Pacers swingman Paul George as opposed to waiting on a megastar to hit the market?
The Bulls aren't giving Butler away. "They don't know if they'll be able to, but their hope is that they'll be able to use the No. 3 pick, get themselves Jimmy Butler, go into free agency and get Gordon Hayward".