Cavaliers want Jimmy Butler, but they're not alone

Clyde Nash
June 20, 2017

Trading the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia for the No. 3 selection caused more than a few ripples leaguewide, as the Celtics acquired more future assets in the form of draft picks.

On ESPN's "First Take" Monday morning, Stephen A. Smith reported that the Chicago Bulls approached the 76ers about sending Jimmy Butler to Philly in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick. It's no secret that the Celtics covet Butler more than any other team in the league, giving general manger Danny Ainge reason to trade down in the Draft.

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According to's Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are working on potential trade proposals, with Stein adding the Cavs would likely need to involve a third or fourth team to finalize the deal.

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

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Butler has a Player Option worth US$19.8 million (AU$25.9 million) for the 2019-20 season. His name first became the subject of trade speculation around the February trade deadline. Cleveland has been working through Monday in an effort to secure Butler's services, as multiple teams around the league have made him a person of interest, especially heading into the National Basketball Association draft on Thursday night.

Butler went to his third straight All-Star game this past season, when he averaged 23.9 point, 5.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game. If Butler were to remain in Chicago, the Celtics are expected to draft either Kansas wing Josh Jackson or Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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