The Boston Celtics had been in hot pursuit of Chicago Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler since before All Star Weekend. However, Real Ball Insider reported earlier that negotiations with Chicago have been cut off and, while acquiring Butler makes the C’s an immediate threat to the Cavaliers, the deal seems like it wont get done and here’s why:
The first reason is that if the Chicago Bulls are going to give away Butler, they’re going to do so by kicking off an all-out rebuild. The perfect way to start that off would be by acquiring the Celtics 2017 first round guaranteed pick from the Nets, which is currently projected to be the number one overall pick of the draft. That would be one quick start to Chicago’s rebuild with this years loaded draft class.
Boston has so far appeared unwilling to deal the pick because if they acquired Butler they still might not be good enough to defeat the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. So they felt they’d be giving up a potential future star.
The last reason that Boston is hesitant about the deal is directly due to how well Isaiah Thomas is playing as the alpha male of the team. Thomas is currently second in the league in scoring and is adamant in his pursuit for the scoring title. Butler being on the team could certainly mess with the dynamic and take away that alpha male role from Thomas. That’s something to definitely consider for the Celtics as Thomas has been playing like a reincarnated Allen Iverson.
It definitely would’ve made Boston more competitive against the Cavs today but ultimately they decided not to risk their future.