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Reports: Sixers get Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

Reports: Sixers get Jimmy Butler in trade with Timberwolves

While the Celtics' struggles on the road continue, one of their rivals in the East has added another star.

Jimmy Butler has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers by the Minnesota Timberwolves according to multiple reports.

Butler has been unhappy in Minnesota and made no secret of his desire for a trade. 

Wojnarowski reports that Butler will be sticking around in Philly for a while, forming a Big Three with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

The Sixers lost to the Celtics in five games in the second round of the playoffs last season. Philadelphia is off to an 8-5 start.

So, the rumored plans of Butler joining Kyrie Irving have apparently fizzled, with Irving committing to a re-signing with Boston this summer and Butler about to become a fixture in Philly. 

More to come...


 

Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

Breakfast Pod: After apparent departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, what's next for the Celtics?

The draft is a few days away and NBA free agency opens at the end of the month, but it seems like the Celtics have undergone a transformation the past few days.

1:17 - Chris Forsberg joins the BST crew to discuss the surprising reports that Al Horford will not return to Boston next season.

7:43 - Jackie MacMullan stops by Early Edition to talk about the reports that Kyrie Irving is ghosting the Celtics as well as how Gordon Hayward may have played a role in the Celtics chemistry struggles.

13:20 - Brian Scalabrine calls into BST to give his thoughts on the Celtics potentially losing both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving this summer.


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Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

Marcus Smart seems ready to take over starting point guard duties from Kyrie Irving

It's a near certainty at this point that Kyrie Irving is leaving the Celtics to sign elsewhere, and even though it's not official yet, Marcus Smart seems ready to take over the starting point guard duties. 

In a season marred with inconsistencies from the Celtics on the court, Smart was a steadying presence on both sides of the floor. He was named to the NBA's First All-Defensive Team and shot a career-high 36.4 percent from three to go along with his all-around contributions on offense. Smart started 60 games for the Celtics as an off-guard this past season after he was used primarily as a sixth man in the previous two seasons.

With Irving's likely departure and Terry Rozier's upcoming restricted free agency, it may seem like the Celtics have an obvious hole to fill at starting point guard. Not so fast. Smart has shown he is more than capable of being the lead ball handler for Brad Stevens and the Celtics could certainly use as much of his infectious energy as possible at this point. 

What could be the most important part of Smart's tweet is that on a night where the Celtics were suddenly at a real risk of losing Irving and Al Horford at the start of free agency, Smart gave Celtics fans something to smile about. 

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