Jimmy Butler speculation has buzzed anew since news broke Friday that the Celtics and 76ers are poised to swap the first and third picks in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, with the Celtics adding another future first-round pick to their already deep vault of assets.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday afternoon that although the Bulls' asking price for Butler "remains elevated", the Timberwolves have already had discussions with Chicago about a possible trade. Chicago was able to make it into the postseason as the No. 8 seed and fell to the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics in the first round, despite winning two games to start the series.
As that pertains to the Bulls, some have speculated that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge wasn't done maneuvering and instead trying to strengthen his team's position to make a run at Butler.
The 76ers turned down the deal and instead traded the pick in a package for No. 1 overall to draft Markelle Fultz on Thursday.
And if and when they land Butler, the C's will then focus their attention on impending free agent Gordon Hayward.
Now, the Pelicans have never said anything about trading away their franchise player and it would likely take a mint to get them to part ways with Davis. However, the potential trade speculation for the Cavs to get Jimmy Butler could bring a third team into the deal, as another team could offer young players and draft picks that the Cavs don't have.