Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly inquiring about the availability of Indiana Pacers’ Paul George via trade. Who will the Celtics offer to acquire PG-13?
The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA teams who dreamt of becoming a title contender next season. With the goal of improving their roster, they pursued the top free agent, Kevin Durant, to join their team. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old small forward decided to win his first championship title in the Golden State Warriors.
The offseason was not too hard for the Celtics as they acquired Al Horford, who signed a multi-year deal. Horford will undeniably boost their frontcourt and help them to enter the playoff next season. However, to become a title contender team, the Celtics still need to add another superstar to their roster.
“We’re not done,” Danny Ainge explained in Salt Lake City. “We have the same plans. If you don’t get what you want you have to keep fighting and make the best of it. Everybody wants Kevin Durant on your team and not everyone gets him.”
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was tested in 2007 when he surprisingly found a way to create his ‘Big Three’ of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. Ainge is the type of GM who is willing to sacrifice everything just to have his target player.
Recently, rumors linking the Boston Celtics to Paul George continue to circulate on the web. The Celtics currently have plenty of trade assets to acquire a superstar. They have been involved in various trade rumors in the past months but still cannot acquire another star on their team.
Knowing Pacers president Larry Bird, he will not entertain any offer unless it will be a superstar to superstar deal. If the Celtics are really serious to acquire Paul George, they could send the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder together with the 2017 and 2018 first-round picks.
Paul George was already involved in trade rumors when Bird fired coach Frank Vogel. Bird’s desire to execute the ‘small-ball’ offense on his team may reduce George’s effectiveness on the court. If the Pacers struggle next season, there is a possibility that the Paul George to Celtics trade rumors will become a reality.
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