Celtics reportedly unwilling to part with major pieces for Paul George
Paul George has reportedly made it clear he wants to join his hometown Lakers when he becomes a free agent next year. With that in mind, the Celtics will likely have a limit of how much they want to surrender in a trade for his services.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports the Celtics haven’t offered any of the following players or pieces for George: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, the 2018 Nets pick, and the Lakers-Kings pick they received from the 76ers earlier this month. Lowe goes on to speculate the package he thinks Boston has put on the table:
“My best guess on Boston’s standing George offer: Jae Crowder, Smart and Indiana’s choice of protected first-round picks Boston owns from the Clippers and Grizzlies,” he writes. “That doesn’t meet Indiana’s goal of nabbing a top-10 pick or an equivalent talent. The Celtics will be reluctant to bid any higher given the risk of George bolting to the Lakers in a year.”
Lowe also dismisses the possibility of the Celtics nabbing both Gordon Hayward and George, because he says they would have to dump Al Horford if they were to extend George. The Celtics would also probably have to lose Avery Bradley, Crowder, Smart and Kelly Olynyk, whom they reportedly plan to present with an offer sheet.
NBA free agency begins July 1 at midnight.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog