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. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hasn't built his trove of future assets while also building an Eastern Conference finalist by taking the short play. When the Celtics swapped Top-3 picks with the Philadelphia 76ers, there was rampant speculation that the trade was done to facilitate more assets for a potential Butler trade.
Instead, they called Boston and acquired the No. 1 overall pick in order to select 19-year-old Markelle Fultz on Thursday.
It's instructional to remember that when the Celtics and Bulls briefly re-engaged in talks centered on Butler in February, they were far less serious than those held last June.
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.
So what would be the potential consequences of trading away Butler?
The Celtics could also be acquiring more first-round picks to deal for Jimmy Butler, per league source.
"We were down on Jimmy Butler after that series, no doubt about it", said Zolak.