NBA Rumors: Celtics to trade No. 3 pick for Bulls’ Jimmy Butler to attract Kevin Durant in free agency?

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The Boston Celtics are aggressively eyeing to trade their third overall pick for an impact player like Jimmy Butler this summer. The Celtics have pitched the offer to the Chicago Bulls.

The Celtics reached the playoffs in the last two seasons. However, the team severely lacked a superstar to lead from the front. From Butler’s point of view, the Bulls are looking to trade him because he can return the best piece. He also reportedly failed to convince the Bulls management that he could become the leading player of a championship team.

Several rumors surfaced regarding Jimmy Butler this offseason. First, it was Tom Thibodeau offering their fifth overall pick to bring the Bulls best player in Minnesota. Then came the Boston rumor, which is louder. According to a report published in ESPN, the Celtics are shopping their third overall draft pick and are eyeing to acquire Butler.

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“The Boston Celtics, who hold the No 3 overall pick, are also known to have trade interest in Butler, while sources say that the Bulls are highly intrigued by Providence guard Kris Dunn, who is projected to be selected in the 3-to-5 range in the June 23 draft,” read an excerpt of the ESPN report.

Boston is looking forward to assembling their roster like they did in 2008 summer before their team unleashed a championship run. And they are likely to bring in multiple changes this offseason. The franchise is eyeing Kevin Durant in free agency, and roping in Butler rather than adding Hawks’ Al Horford will help them to attract the Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star, as reported by the CBS Sports.

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As of now it’s a tough challenge for GM Danny Ainge to land the star power in Boston to become a championship contender.

Photo Courtesy: Shinya Suzuki/Flickr

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