"But the hope is that they'll be able to use the No. 3 pick to get Jimmy Butler".
It's all speculation at this point with less than a week until the draft, so this could all just be one big Danny Ainge-inspired smokescreen.
Jimmy Butler to Celtics: Will it finally happen this summer? 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.
Assuming the deal would go down, the 76ers would be expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the pick acquired in the deal and the Celtics would have more picks to put in a deal for a potential star to get them over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
So what would be the potential consequences of trading away Butler?
A report from Chicago Tribune noted that "as of Sunday, the talk (Jimmy Butler trade buzz) is based more on speculation than reality".
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. From one perspective, it would make more sense for Celtics to first try to lure Hayward with a long-term big-money contract the first week of July rather than trade established National Basketball Association talent and assets this week for Butler, who they'd have control of for two years before he can hit free agency again.