Celtics-Pacers Reportedly Discussing Paul George Trade

Celtics-Pacers Reportedly Discussing Paul George Trade

The Pacers used their first- and second-round picks on UCLA teammates TJ Leaf and Ike Anigbogu.

The Pacers lost leverage in trade discussions after George revealed his intentions to test free agency next summer. He knows the fans are hurt, angry and frustrated, not to mention demanding a resolution.

"I can't speculate on what changed his mind", he said.

"For me it was gut punch", Pritchard said about George's desire to leave. "We want to get what we want".

There have been no shortage of rumors.

The Spurs are another team reportedly interested in getting George as well. He even went to say that George should not have gone public about his move and that he should have rather sat down with the front office first. "We looked at a lot of things that included draft picks but at the end of the day there's so much other stuff that doesn't include draft picks we made a decision to stay put and look at everything that's on the board in the future". We're going to look at everything. But I have to get past mad because we will make good decision around here if we're methodical. We're going to look at everything. Magic Johnson has repeatedly said that Ingram is not on the table for a potential trade but the prospect of placing George next to Lonzo Ball (who the Lakers selected No. 2 overall Thursday) this coming season is enticing for LA. "We could pull the trigger at any time".

The timing of the conversation with Mintz, Pritchard said, couldn't have come at a worse time with the Pacers in the midst of what will likely be one of the most turbulent offseasons in the franchise's history. "We have to do what's best for our organization". We're open to either one. "We're keeping everything on the board".

They must also decide what to do about point guard Jeff Teague, who becomes a free agent in July. I reached out to Agness and he confirms it is, in fact, George's home. "But we didn't put ourselves in this situation - he did".

It's that last notion Pritchard would like to quell.

Many analysts felt the Pacers needed to agree to a trade before the draft ended to receive the maximum compensation possible for George. George respects Pritchard, former team president Larry Bird and coach Nate McMillan. "(George) did. I know he likes Indiana. "If we would've known this a little longer ago or a few months ago, I think we could have been a little bit more prepared".

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