"If Boston can't acquire Hayward, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin could be a substitute in this free-agency plan to sign a star and then trade for George, league sources told The Vertical", Wojnarowski wrote.
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski is usually right on with his reports, and Celtics fans hope that trend continues.
Boston has maneuvering to do with its roster, including the shedding of salaries to create space to position itself for this scenario. Even though the Celtics can offer the best package, the Pacers might not want to wait and could turn to a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers to make a deal.
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After he was drafted ninth overall by the Jazz in 2010, Hayward emerged as the franchise's newest superstar. The two sides were getting close to a deal on draft night but they were unable to get a third team sufficiently involved to reach an agreement. The Pacers might not be willing to wait until the start of free agency to make a deal.
Boston has been collectively rumored to be going after either George or Hayward for over a year now but it's alway been a one or the other.
As is the case with any of these kind of potential blockbuster moves - especially with the Celtics, who seem to always be at the table - it's important to have some restraint. IN is adamant on receiving young players and future draft picks, which are both things that Boston has plenty.
George is a four-time All-Star and one of the NBA's elite two-way players.