Celtics Rumors: Boston Trying To Land Paul George And Gordon Hayward

Clyde Nash
June 28, 2017

On Tuesday, the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics are attempting to land Hayward and George, noting the team would need Hayward to sign in free agency first before making the trade offer to the Indiana Pacers for George. Boston has contingencies in place to make deals and start a possible Hayward-George scenario toward fruition, league sources told The Vertical.

In the report, the Pacers are not interested in waiting for the Celtics to receive a commitment from Hayward even though they believe that Boston has the best package to offer. Staying healthy always has been a concern for the Clippers forward, and he hasn't played 80 or more games in a single season since 2013-14. It wasn't enough, though, to get past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, something that adding Paul George or Gordon Hayward to their roster might rectify. In fact, they don't want to wait for free agency to begin either. The two sides were getting close to a deal on draft night but they were unable to get a third team sufficiently involved to reach an agreement.

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Boston has been collectively rumored to be going after either George or Hayward for over a year now but it's alway been a one or the other. The Celtics have several young players and are flush with draft picks in the coming years.

One potential issue could be that the official start of free agency is not until July, and the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until then to move George.

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George, 27, informed the Pacers on June 17 that he planned to leave the Pacers in 2018 as a free agent, and his preference was to sign a deal with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

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