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The Boston Celtics are among the strongest suitors for Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George, but like the others, are struggling to pull off a deal.
Per the Boston Herald:
League source: Celtics waiting to hear back from Indy’s Kevin Pritchard, but consider his current demand for George unrealistic.
Source added that Pritchard’s last demand was for next year’s Nets and Lakers picks, plus starting player(s).
Along with fending off the Celtics’ best efforts, the Pacers reportedly put a stop to talks that involved the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets. That reported deal would’ve sent George to the Cavs and Cavs power forward Kevin Love to the Nuggets, but apparently, the Pacers didn’t think they would be getting enough in return.
George has told the Pacers he intends to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, with his sights set on signing with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. He reportedly has indicated he would be willing to sign long term with the Cavs, if he were traded to Cleveland and LeBron James also agreed to stay.