The Boston Celtics are trying to build a trade package around the third overall pick of the Thursday’s Draft. Boston is pursuing either Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton by shopping the No. 3 pick.
Boston hasn’t been able to make any progress with Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz or Milwaukee Bucks about this trade. The Celtics acquired the third overall pick from Brooklyn Nets in a 2013 trade, according to the Real GM.
The high Draft pick gives Boston a rare opportunity to become a playoff team.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have offered Boston Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel for the No. 3 pick. The Celtics still remain undecided over this. The Sixers already own the top pick in the NBA Draft and are likely to select Ben Simmons. But the Celtics have resisted the Sixers‘ pitch as the franchise is eyeing a veteran wing to upgrade its roster by trading the No. 3 pick.
So, guys like Butler, Hayward or Parker are more important in their radar. Boston will keep the No. 3 pick if they can’t acquire one of these established wings.
The Bulls have reportedly shown little interest to deal Butler to the Celtics. And Boston is just one of the many teams trying to convince Utah to surrender Hayward, according to the ESPN.
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