Celtics reportedly offered multiple first-round picks and starters for Paul George
The Celtics were unable to land Paul George, but apparently it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reports the C’s offered several packages for the All-Star forward over the last year, all of which were centered around multiple first-round picks. The Pacers wound up dealing George to the Thunder for guard Victor Oladipo and power forward Domantas Sabonis.
According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics were ready to send over four first-round selections at the trade deadline –– including this year’s Nets’ pick, which wound up being No. 1 overall. At the time, the Celtics thought two playoff runs would ingratiate George with Boston, and give them a chance to re-sign him in 2018. But the deal fell apart, only to be rekinkled prior to the NBA Draft last month. A source told the Globe the Celtics’ package included three starters and two first-round picks, although it didn’t feature the 2018 Nets selection or the Lakers-Kings pick they received from the 76ers for trading the top selection. That proposed deal eventually morphed into three starters and two first-round picks.
Given the apparent disparity in offers, it’s curious as to why the Pacers chose the inferior package from the Thunder. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports –– it feels weird to type those words –– that it all came down to a matter of timing. The Pacers wanted Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and multiple first-round picks from the Celtics, but Boston wasn’t ready to close before meeting with free agent forward Gordon Hayward. The Celtics are scheduled to meet with Hayward Sunday.
If Wojnarowski is correct, that means the Pacers were expecting much more from the Celtics than they received from the Thunder. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman says executives around the league think that Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard just wanted to get George out of the Eastern Conference. Given how the trade went down, that seems to be a viable theory.
But still, if Danny Ainge walks away from free agency empty-handed, it will be difficult for him to pass that up as an excuse.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog