NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics, Not T-Wolves, Made Strongest Jimmy Butler Push

by NESN Staff

June 23, 2016

Despite ongoing talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler still is a Chicago Bull. And it turns out the Timberwolves didn’t even make the strongest push for the shooting guard.

The team that actually made the most enticing offer for Butler was the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson. However, the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft came and went without a trade Thursday night, and the Celtics selected Jaylen Brown.

That didn’t stop the trade rumors in Chicago, which dealt Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks earlier in the week. The Timberwolves selected Kris Dunn at No. 5, and the two teams reportedly were in “serious talks,” but a deal never materialized.

And it turns out those talks weren’t as serious as they were with the Celtics.

Thumbnail photo via Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports Images

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