As Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, Boston is setting itself up to sign free agent Gordan Hayward, while then adding George as soon as the ink on Hayward's signature dries.
Just as there was a report that Paul George reached out to Klay Thompson to join him in 2019 to play with the Los Angeles Lakers from Kelenna Azubuike, Wojnarowski stated that the Celtics have become increasingly more confident in their abilities to convince George to re-sign with them. They would need to shed some salaries. Boston has a strong enough collection of assets to make the deal, but without Hayward in the fold will likely wait until the pieces fall into place.
The Celtics hope to lure Gordon Hayward away from the Jazz.
One thing that might hold this up is Boston's timetable which can only kick in when free agency starts in July. Earlier, George expressed interest in playing alongside the Utah Jazz superstar in the near future. 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. But what Boston can offer the Pacers is young players paired with future draft picks which is something IN desperately needs. At the end of the eventful draft, Pacers president Kevin Pritchard said his team considered a plethora of offers for a Paul George trade but couldn't pull off a deal.
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Several teams are eyeing the services of George but they are wary that he might leave after one season, exercising the player option in his contract.