Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has continued to have his name come up in trade talks, as both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as potential destinations for him heading into the 2017-18 season.
In the deal between the Celtics and Sixers, Boston received the No. 3 pick in this year's draft and the Lakers' 2018 first-round pick. But the Celtics are in position to take the long view because they can try to add a star without giving up assets, only money. Smith said that is not quite a done deal, but it is said to be the Celtics' goal. 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. The team was eliminated in the opening round by the Boston Celtics, despite getting out to a 2-0 series lead on the top seed in the conference.
Think of it this way: If you polled a bunch of Celtics fans week ago asking if they'd trade the first overall pick as part of a package including Crowder for Butler, nobody would say it.
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The Bulls aren't giving Butler away.
While no one knows where Butler will play next season, one thing is becoming clear - his time with the Bulls is probably over.
So the Bulls must be very careful as to how they proceed for the rest of the week, if they're at all bothered by the noise.