Pacers GM calls out Celtics for lying about Paul George rumors
Everyone with just an even rudimentary understanding of basketball gave their head a shake when the Pacers traded the all-world Paul George to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis — and a grand total of zero draft picks — last week.
It almost goes without saying that the Pacers rejected better offers.
The immediate leaks in the aftermath of the deal confirmed that, too, as it was reported that the Celtics made incredible offers to the Pacers, one of which included a reported first-round picks going to the Pacers in exchange for the 27-year-old George.
But Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard, holding court with the press for the first time since the deal became official, has essentially called the Celtics out for being liars.
“[Not] like what was reported,” Pritchard, who also noted that just ‘five percent’ of the rumors out of Boston had any truth to them, said Friday. “It was frustrating. We saw all these things that were reported and it was so far from the truth.”
On the idea that they could have gotten more for George in a deal at the trade deadline (which was reportedly when the C’s offered four first-round picks, including the 2017 Brooklyn pick that ended up being the No. 1 overall pick), Pritchard admitted that the Pacers had substantial offers, but that they weren’t moving him during a playoff push.
“Could you have gotten more [for Paul]? Absolutely,” Pritchard said.
“[But] we were about making the playoffs last year.”
The Pacers, by the way, were swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Still, the Celtics are liars, and simply used the media, according to Pritchard.
“A lot of those offers are put into the media for a reason,” Pritchard acknowledged. “A lot of times if it hits that level, it’s not going to happen or wasn’t real.”
What is real, however, is the fact that Pritchard still sold criminally low on George, a player that established career-highs in points per game (23.7), field goal percentage (46.1 percent), and attempted field goals per game (18.0) just one year ago, long before he had to make a move.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog