Celtics positioning themselves to land Paul George, Gordon Hayward

Trade Rumors: Butler and George Are Up for Grabs

But what Boston can offer the Pacers is young players paired with future draft picks which is something IN desperately needs. One of the teams involved had a change of heart.

For Boston, here's the hitch: While Indiana believes Boston can offer the best possible package, the Pacers may be unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston's timetable and could turn toward making a deal elsewhere for George, league sources told The Vertical. A lineup featuring LeBron James, George, Tristan Thompson, and either Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith (who played some surprisingly excellent defense this postseason) might actually give the Warriors a challenge, or at least slow them down to mortal levels. There have been many trade rumors circling the last few days, including sending him to the Cavaliers, Clippers and Rockets. As with numerous previous Cavs trade rumors, NBA All-Star forward Kevin Love was also mentioned in the trade talks as heading to a new location in the Western Conference.

The elite point guards available - Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry - should have no trouble finding significant contracts. "It was a total gut punch, because we had many conversations over the summer on players we'd like to add and a style we'd like to play".

According to the report, Blake Griffin could also be a potential free-agent signing for the Celtics to enable them to then trade for George.

ESPN reported the Cavs, the Pacers and the Nuggets are wiggling their way out of the puzzle that is the Paul George sweepstakes. And with all of those contenders looking to make a splash, the biggest move was made by ... the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Can a starting five of James, Kyrie Irving, Anthony, Wade and George work? The Chicago Bulls player may not be happy that the team traded Jimmy Butler and he could attempt to reach a buyout agreement. Who could forget Mark Boyle's, "Ding dong the witch is dead", call after the Pacers dumped the Knicks in that 2000 Eastern Conference finals.

George's addition to San Antonio would instantly make it a super team. As the C's try to maneuver their salary cap situation, they pretty much have to do things in that order. Which players would you like to see your team sign?

Previously, the Pacers were expected to acquire multiple first-round picks in the 2017 NBA Draft as part of their efforts to rebuild the team.

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