It sounds insane, but the possibility of Irving leaving the Celtics to team up with Butler could really shake up the National Basketball Association. Butler was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night and Irving was moved to the Boston Celtics in August. And then the C's were able to acquire Irving as well.
When stars decide they want to play together there isn't much teams can do about it besides try to be accommodating.More news: South Syrian rebels to lay down arms as Assad seizes crossing
Operating with a mindset that it can accomplished in Boston, it's worth noting that Celtics certainly have the assets to pull off a Butler-to-Boston trade.
The Celtics don't really have a need for Butler because they already are loaded on the wing with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris, among others. The Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring the former NBA Finals MVP, though neither one now seems willing to meet San Antonio's asking price.
Butler, who has a player option to become a free agent in 2019, has no intentions of signing an extension, according to the Sun-Times.More news: Sweden will stick to their strengths against England - Granqvist
Towns isn't the only noteworthy T-Wolves player with whom Butler has been said to have a problem.
Butler leaving will push the Wolves back a couple of years but they have nobody to blame but themselves. Butler said in April that he wouldn't mind an eventual return to Chicago, so a relatively speedy one wouldn't seem to be out of the question, especially given that, as noted, the East suddenly appears to be up for grabs.More news: Malaysia suspends construction of major Belt and Road rail project