Boston Celtics: Keep No. 1 Pick, Drop Jimmy Butler Idea & Get Gordon Hayward

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 05/19/17 01:14AM EDT
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Will Gordon Hayward finally reunite with coach Brad Stevens in Boston?(Photo : The Salt Lake Tribune/YouTube Screenshot)

For Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, getting the chance to choose this year's NBA Draft top overall pick doesn't mean getting top rookie prospect Markelle Fultz.

For him, it could also mean getting the necessary the best available deal that will boost their chances of getting back into the Eastern Conference Finals next season in the hopes of barging into the NBA Finals.

Whoever that would be still remains a mystery. But the fact of the matter is, Danny Ainge won't hesitate to get whoever they needed even if it means having to trade away their No. 1 pick for upcoming NBA Draft as reported by NBC Sports.

"We're looking for the best overall player, and that hasn't been decided yet..." Ainge said during the conference call after getting the No. 1 pick. This is because he is open to the possibility of getting a proven player in exchange for that pick, "At the trade deadline we were trading away the possibility of the No. 1 pick, a 25 percent chance of the No. 1 pick, but that's a 75 percent chance of not having that pick, and that's how teams look at it, which is probably why we didn't get a deal done."

The Boston Celtics GM later revealed their intention of exploring the value out of their No. 1 pick. Will they pursue getting Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls? Or will the Celtics snag Paul George? Either way, this won't help the Boston Celtics to reunite Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Utah Jazz superstar Gordon Hayward.

Since last year, talks about the Stevens-Hayward reunion happening in Boston made headlines. As reported by iSportsTimes, factor in the increase in salary cap, the Boston Celtics will have enough space to accommodate Hayward. Of course, this scenario will only happen should the Celtics drop any intention on getting Jimmy Butler, and stick with getting their No. 1 pick which will only cost around $16 million in three years.



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