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.
According to Yahoo/The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the 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'.
Hayward, also 27, is Utah's off-season priority. To shed the necessarily salaries to acquire Hayward and George, the Celtics wouldn't be able to act until the start of free agency...and Boston might not be willing to wait.
However, the Celtics believe they can sway him away from L.A.by putting together a roster worthy of dethroning the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. IN is adamant on receiving young players and future draft picks, which are both things that Boston has plenty. The Celtics and Pacers were close to a deal on draft night, according to Wojnarowski, but a third team involved ended up causing a breakdown.
However, if Pacers can sign Hayward or Blake Griffin in the forthcoming NBA Free Agency 2017 period (starting July 1), George could view the Celtics as an attractive destination.
There have been rumors about a George-to-Boston deal scenario going back to last week's NBA Draft, and even before. George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his seventh season for the Indiana Pacers.
Wojnarowski also noted that if the Celtics can not acquire Hayward, there are plans in place to pursue Blake Griffin and still trade for George.