The Boston Celtics have agreed to send the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for three first-round picks, including the No. 3 pick this year, but that doesn't mean they plan to keep the picks.
The deal is expected to be finalized on Monday, giving the Celtics time to make another trade (or two) before the draft, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
General league reaction to Sixers-Celtics trade: There's a reason it's happening early. Both teams still maneuvering.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 18, 2017
Boston has been linked to Jimmy Butler for over a year, and nearly acquired him at the trade deadline before talks between the two sides broke down. Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season.
Of course, that's not Boston's only option. They are hoping to take Kansas forward Josh Jackson with the No. 3 pick (if they keep it), but if the Lakers take him at No. 2, they could trade back again (someone would be interested in trading up for Lonzo Ball).Back to the Boston Celtics Newsfeed