The Vertical writer is reporting that the Celtics are trying to maneuver an early July overhaul in which they'll add both Gordon Hayward through free agency and Paul George via a trade through the Pacers. Boston has contingencies in place to make deals and start a possible Hayward-George scenario toward fruition, league sources told The Vertical. If the Celtics successfully get both Hayward and George, it will be one of the biggest free-agent coups in franchise history.
The Boston Celtics chose not to trade the third overall pick in last week's NBA Draft, but that does not necessarily mean they are in for a boring offseason. They would need to shed some salaries. The Pacers might not be willing to wait until the start of free agency to make a deal.
Sources: Cavs talked 3-way trade involving Paul George, Kevin Love: Sources told ESPN that the Cavaliers engaged in serious three-way trade discussions leading up to the National Basketball Association draft on a deal that would have brought them George from the Indiana Pacers and landed Kevin Love, George's fellow Eastern Conference All-Star, with the Denver Nuggets. The Celtics have a mix of young players on cost-controlled contracts and future draft assets that could get the deal done. Hayward could also elect to stay with the Utah Jazz.
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The Pacers are fielding trade offers for Paul George.
A possible roadblock to the Celtics' plan is that IN may seek to ship George out prior to start of free agency on July 1.
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.