Report: Celtics looking to sequence acquisitions of Gordon Hayward, Paul George
With the start of free agency just a few days away, the rumor mill around the league is beginning to heat up once again.
One of the biggest discussion centers around All-Star forward Paul George, who has made it clear to the Indiana Pacers that he plans on becoming a free agent next summer which has put the organization in a tough position. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Boston Celtics have emerged again as a viable landing spot with an intriguing offseason agenda in place to get George in their uniform.
The Boston Celtics are pursuing an aggressive summer plan of sequencing the signing of free agent Gordon Hayward and relinquishing the assets needed to complete a trade for Paul George, league sources told The Vertical.
It had been reported last week that the Celtics are hoping to work out a deal with the Pacers for George with a three-year extension in hand if agreed upon. However, all of this hinges on Boston’s ability to land fellow All-Star forward Gordon Hayward in free agency.
Hayward has been long rumored to be a primary offseason target for the Celtics as he could be another major piece to the championship equation while having the rare opportunity to play again under his former Butler head coach Brad Stevens in the NBA.
If Boston is able to get the first part of this puzzle in place by landing Hayward, acquiring George will then become a much more realistic possibility.