The Boston Celtics are one of the hallmark organizations of the NBA, so they are always going to be mentioned in trade rumors, especially when a superstar player is on the trade block.
For this piece, we take a look at the craziest Celtics trade rumors ever.
Scottie Pippen almost traded to Celtics in 1997
The Chicago Bulls nearly traded Pippen to the Celtics on draft night in ’97.
However, it never went down and the Bulls won the ’97-98 ring over the Utah Jazz for title No. 6 of the ’90s.
Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul
According to Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics were considering making a run for Paul in 2008. However, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce didn’t want Boston to trade Rondo for CP3.
The 2008 Celtics wound up winning the championship over the Los Angeles Lakers, while Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers before the start of the 2011-12 season.
Jimmy Butler to Boston
The All-Star small forward eventually got traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in 2017. He’s now with the Miami Heat.
Boston offers Indiana deal for Paul George
The Indiana Pacers were forced to trade George in the summer of 2017 after he told the team he was leaving in 2018. Boston reportedly offered the Pacers Jae Crowder, money filler and multiple first-round picks for PG-13.
George, however, was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Celtics hesitant to make Pelicans overwhelming offer for Anthony Davis
Boston wanted Davis but GM Danny Ainge wasn’t willing to part ways with the farm for the superstar big man.
The Cs decided to keep Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Davis, meanwhile, was traded to the Lakers.
Timberwolves not impressed by Celtics’ assets for Kevin Love
According to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, the Timberwolves were “less than enamored” with Boston’s assets for Love back in 2014 when the double-double machine was looking to leave the Wolves.
Love was eventually traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.