Even though the Celtics can offer the best package, the Pacers might not want to wait and could turn to a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers to make a deal. The Celtics hope to receive a commitment from Hayward, who will be a free agent, before then moving the requisite pieces to IN to add George.
The Boston Celtics are looking to formulate a star studded roster by signing Gordon Hayward and then trading for Paul George once they get a commitment from Hayward, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Boston has contingencies in place to make deals and start a possible Hayward-George scenario toward fruition, league sources told The Vertical.
Hayward, also 27, is Utah's off-season priority.
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. But what Boston can offer the Pacers is young players paired with future draft picks which is something IN desperately needs. The Celtics and Pacers were close to a deal on draft night, according to Wojnarowski, but a third team involved ended up causing a breakdown. "Indiana has been focused on trying to complete a deal with Boston for George, league sources told The Vertical".
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IN could potentially allow George and his representation to speak to potential suitors about a contract extension should a trade happen, but that permission hasn't been granted yet, league sources told The Vertical.
Several teams are eyeing the services of George but they are wary that he might leave after one season, exercising the player option in his contract.