Celtics consider Pacers asking price for Paul George 'unrealistic'

The Celtics' pursuit of George shouldn't have an impact on their ability to sign Gordon Hayward.

The Indiana Pacers reportedly are asking for the moon in return for star swingman Paul George, and the Boston Celtics apparently aren't willing to play ball ... yet.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard has asked the Celtics for at least one starter, along with next year's Nets and Lakers draft picks in exchange for George. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported IN believes the Celtics can put together the best package, but the Pacers should need to drop their asking price for a deal to get done. His activity has only picked up in the wake of rumors that the Celtics are looking to acquire a number of big-name free agents and trade targets this offseason.

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George is a four-time All-Star and one of the NBA's elite two-way players. Jimmy Butler, with two years left on his deal, just fetched two flawed young prospects (Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn) and the seventh pick in the draft.

That could, in turn, prompt in to make a trade for him soon in order to ensure they are able to gain something in return even in losing George.

For this reason, the Celtics have resisted making Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, or the 2018 first-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets available to the Pacers, nor will they deal the pick acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Markelle Fultz deal.

  • Tabitha Byrd