The Celtics haven’t made a move yet, but there are rumors that they are looking seriously at trading for Paul George.
Indiana and Boston are engaged in serious talks on a Paul George trade, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017
Sources: Boston, Indiana talks for Paul George had gained significant momentum, but sides are still apart on a possible deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
The idea would be to sell Paul George on the city of Boston, the history of the Celtics, the chance to play for Brad Stevens, and most of all the opportunity to compete for titles by helping make the Celtics into a legit contender.
In addition, if they traded for him, the Celtics would hold his Bird rights and thus the opportunity to sign him for the most money next summer.
I would not expect Jayson Tatum to be involved in the trade. It would be for a lesser package deal due to the fact that he could leave in a year (presumably to join the Lakers). Still, the Pacers have a few teams interested in him, so it remains to be seen what the trade package would be.
Apparently talks have stalled.
Sources: For now, Boston-Indiana talks on Paul George have stalled. Live: https://t.co/pVi69Gfatv— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
Update 2: Perhaps there’s still hope for a deal.
Take this FWIW: Hearing #Celtics in position to deal 4 George with 3-yr ext in place, but will depend on signing Hayward 1st. Lotsa dominos.— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 23, 2017
Essentially the Pacers would have to give George an extension then trade him, but only after the Celtics have landed Gordon Hayward (for timing and salary matching purposes). The extension would also drive up the price of what the Celtics would be willing to pay in terms of picks and current players. There’s a lot of pieces that could fall apart there but it is interesting.