NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Getting Pacers’ Paul George Within The Next Few Hours

Adrian Lawhorn - Author

Feb. 22 2017, Updated 1:10 p.m. ET

NBA trade rumors are now peaking as we are close to within a few short hours of the 2017 trade deadline. Most of the scuttlebutt regarding the Indiana Pacers has been that president of basketball operations Larry Bird is trying to improve the roster around star small forward Paul George, but there is now some fresh information that indicates the Pacers are also gauging Paul George’s value on the trade market, in the event that turns out to be a more prudent option.

SB Nation reports that Indiana is now listening to offers for Paul George, which is contrary to Larry Bird’s long-held stance that he is not considering any deal that would involve his All-Star forward. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sportsdescribes the Pacers’ trade deadline strategy as being two-pronged.

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“‘The Pacers are working the trade deadline on parallel fronts: pursuing deals that will bring talent into Indiana to sell George on signing a long-term extension — and soliciting deal offers on George that would signal a rebuild around center Myles Turner,’ league sources told The Vertical.

“Ultimately, the Pacers will have to evaluate the two paths and make a decision before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. There’s no urgency to make a deal for George, unless the Pacers fear the Boston Celtics could ultimately provide Indiana the best possible package of assets in a deal — and think that option could disappear if Boston makes a deal with Chicago for Jimmy Butler.”

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