76ers Chose Markelle Fultz Over Jimmy Butler

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 20, 2017

With the Celtics now owning the No. 3 pick, and potentially three first-round picks in 2018, they have the capital to make a run at Butler. But everybody I've talked to right now says that Ainge is letting people know that he's using the pick or at least giving the impression that he's using the pick and they're going to pursue Gordon Hayward in free agency.

It's instructional to remember that when the Celtics and Bulls briefly re-engaged in talks centered on Butler in February, they were far less serious than those held last June.

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, and that deal is reportedly just the first step in a series of blockbuster moves Danny Ainge is hoping to make. 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. Boston acquired the No. 3 overall pick in this Thursday's draft and also a future first-rounder, while Philadelphia moved up to use the top pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

So what would be the potential consequences of trading away Butler?

For the longest time, that rumored star has been Chicago Bulls' biggest star: Jimmy Butler.

At that time, the Bulls remained consistent in their message to Butler: We value you and want to build with you but must listen to any offers we receive out of due diligence.

Between holding the No. 16 and No. 32 draft picks, deciding whether or not to re-sign Rajon Rondo, and waiting to see if Dwyane Wade sticks around... this summer is sure to yield plenty of change.

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