Boston Celtics Rumor: Team Working On Acquiring George And Hayward

Sources: Celtics working to land both Gordon Hayward and Paul George

Per Wojnarowski, the Celtics are trying to acquire both Gordon Hayward (via free agency) and Paul George (via trade) in the coming weeks.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics need to sign Hayward first for salary cap purposes then work a trade with the Indiana Pacers for George. Staying healthy always has been a concern for the Clippers forward, and he hasn't played 80 or more games in a single season since 2013-14. However, the Celtics want a commitment from Hayward before they make a trade for George, who has just one year left on his deal. George prefers to join the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Celtics reportedly believe they can convince him to re-sign long-term. "IN is desirous of the young players and future draft picks that Boston is uniquely able to offer the Pacers for George". The sides were growing close to a deal on draft night, but a third-team scenario fell through late in the evening that stalled talks. Boston's belief that it can make George more than a one-year rental is fueling the franchise's willingness to part with a significant package of assets, league sources said.

With the National Basketball Association draft over and free agency set to begin, the Celtics are immersed in the middle of what could be a momentous offseason.

That's the plan Boston reportedly is hatching in the week leading up to the July 1 start of free agency. And, according to The Vertical, the Pacers might not wait until Saturday to strike a deal for George. George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his seventh season for the Indiana Pacers.

A possible roadblock to the Celtics' plan is that IN may seek to ship George out prior to start of free agency on July 1.

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