Celtics going all-in on Gordon Hayward-Paul George combo this summer
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski is often the next closest thing to an official press release from the NBA, so when he drops rumors and rumblings — or #WojBomb’s as they are affectionately known in the world of Twitter — the basketball world listens.
And are they ever listening after Wojnarowski has confirmed last week’s report that the Celtics are trying to maneuver an early July situation in which they’ll add both Gordon Hayward through free agency and Paul George via a trade through the Pacers.
It’s complicated, and everybody knows that.
The Celtics would first need a salary cap commitment from Hayward, as they would need to match salaries and financials going out and coming in through a trade with Indiana, but The Vertical also noted that the Celtics have contingencies in place to make this combination work in some manner or another, and that the Celtics have the bounty of young players and future assets that would appeal to the Pacers.
The biggest problem, however, is that the Pacers may not be willing to wait until July when it comes to fielding trade offers and eventually moving the 27-year-old George.
The Cavaliers, in dire need of at least one more star piece if they’re going to legitimately compete with Golden State for a fourth Finals showdown next season, are one of the teams rumored to be involved in the George sweepstakes, with the latest rumors linking George to the Cavs in a three-team swap that’d land Kevin Love with the Nuggets.
The Wizards and Lakers are also believed to have interest in a potential deal for George.
According to the Vertical, the plan is not 100 percent set on Hayward, as the Celtics would be willing to sub Blake Griffin in for Hayward while still making a deal for George.
Those league sources also indicated that the Celtics believe they could get George, long rumored to be bound for his hometown Lakers if and when he becomes a free agent in 2018, to agree to a contract extension, but noted that the C’s have not yet been granted permission to talk with George’s camp about that possibility just yet.
One of the league’s top two-way talents, George averaged a career-best 23.7 points per game in 75 games for the Pacers last season.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog