But the Celtics have more chips than anyone else and thus are better equipped to play a little poker.
Denver would likely send them a combination of young players and draft picks. The Cavs don't have that, so they reportedly brought in the Nuggets.
"The early Celtics from the '60s with Bill Russell, Havlicek, Cousy and Sam Jones, that was the first Big Three". Take a look back at the star-studded 1986 Boston Celtics. Players like Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin could all have a new home by next season.More news: Russian Energy Giant Rosneft Targeted in Massive Cyberattack
With George making clear his intentions to bolt from IN in free agency next summer, the Pacers front office have no option but to trade their franchise player ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Sources say the Nuggets, meanwhile, have made upgrading at power forward one of their offseason priorities, which is why they covet Love. Teams know the Pacers have to get something for him before he walks. "If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance".
Danny Ainge has pulled off a similar combination of moves in the past.
The amusing thing is a deal for George would be easy were in not for collective bargaining rules. "I'm trying to see if we can make something happen". His best bet is leveraging the competing offers from different teams against each other.More news: McCarthy found guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Bella Bond
For salary-cap purposes, Boston wants a Hayward commitment before it can finalize a trade for George and secure the most dynamic free-agent coup in franchise history, league sources said. It's IN who's taking the biggest loss IN this potential deal, but that was unavoidable from the moment teams realized they had no other choice. I'm really looking forward to our future. At the 11th hour one of the teams involved had a change of heart.
Dunn shot 37.7 percent from the floor (28.8 percent on 3-pointers).
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George is someone the team would need to tinker the roster for, given the $19 million owed and the talent required to acquire someone like him. The Pacers' star is one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and could change the playoff picture in either conference heading into the 2017-18 season.