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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Stephen A. Smith: Celtics plan to acquire Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward

Stephen A. Smith: Celtics plan to acquire Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward

There might be a method to the madness, as the C's GM continues to search for the flawless deal to make Boston championship contenders.

The Boston Celtics' president of basketball operations made a big splash this weekend, reportedly trading the No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-rounder. During the six-game playoff series against the Celtics, Butler averaged 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

The dumbest thing someone could do would be to assume Danny Ainge is done making moves, so what's next?

And if and when they land Butler, the C's will then focus their attention on impending free agent Gordon Hayward.

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.

According to Smith, the Bulls actually were willing to send Butler to the Sixers in a trade involving No. 3 pick.

The Bulls aren't giving Butler away. They would also probably still be able to keep some cards for the future, given their abundance of draft picks. That's why they asked for at least three - and, in some proposals, four - assets last June in their talks with the Celtics.

The Celtics could also be acquiring more first-round picks to deal for Jimmy Butler, per league source.

"Philadelphia said, 'We don't want Jimmy Butler, we like our youth movement", Smith said on ESPN.

Between holding the No. 16 and No. 32 draft picks, deciding whether or not to re-sign Rajon Rondo, and waiting to see if Dwyane Wade sticks around... this summer is sure to yield plenty of change.

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