July 26, 2017

Celtics looking to land both Paul George and Gordon Hayward

28 June 2017, 02:15 | Simon Arnold

NBA trade rumors: Celtics have plan to add Gordon Hayward, Paul George

Trade Rumors Butler and George Are Up for Grabs

For Boston, here's the hitch: While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston's timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical.

"For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history", Wojnarowski wrote.

A starting group that features four-time All-Star George, a 2017 debut All-Star in Hayward and 29-point-per-game point guard Isaiah Thomas could be just what the Celtics need to get them over the hump in the Eastern Conference - they lost the conference finals to the Cavaliers in five games this spring - but they do need to be wary of George's contract situation and personal interests.

Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick
Let's see if LaVar Ball is correct with his Ball-Lakers prediction or if De'Aaron Fox swoops in last second. Or, the team could try to figure out a deal that would get George to Los Angeles this summer.

The Boston Celtics' reported summer plans include signing Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward as an National Basketball Association free agent and then trading for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.

Boston is positioning itself to make several roster moves to shed salaries and roster space to make a Hayward-George a real possibility. However, the draft came and went without a Paul George trade coming to fruition.

Should the Celtics' pitch to Hayward fall through, the Clippers' Blake Griffin - who opted out of his contract to enter free agency last week - reportedly could be another option in their domino-like plan to land George. "Indiana has been focused on trying to complete a deal with Boston for George, league sources told The Vertical". IN is adamant on receiving young players and future draft picks, which are both things that Boston has plenty. Also according to The Vertical the Celtics and Pacers were close to a deal on draft night but a third team pulled out stalling the talks. Griffin, of course, would be leaving a lot of money on the table if he chose to bolt Los Angeles.

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