Teams mulling Paul George trade apprehensive knowing he wants to win w/Pacers, Plan B is Lakers. He won't commit longterm outside those two.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 23, 2017
And there's no reason why he shouldn't be. George, a well-known fan of the Los Angeles Lakers after growing up in California, has made it clear that while his current team, the Indiana Pacers, will be his top priority so long as they surround him with a contending roster, signing with the Lakers will be his back-up plan. This most recent wrinkle seems timed to discourage a trade to any other teams, though it's also possible feelings could change should the unexpected occur.
Sources: Boston, Indy had preliminary talk on Paul George, but there won't be real dialogue until/unless C's introduce Nets pick into deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Boston Celtics and Pacers have had preliminary talks, but that they will not progress without the inclusion of one of the two remaining Brooklyn Nets picks Boston still has in its war chest. One would think such a deal would have to at least start with their inclusion, save for the knowledge that George resigning with the club in 2018 had a low to no chance of occuring.
Update on Boston, Indy: Boston hasn't met Indiana's asking price on Paul George, but Nets pick has entered conversation now, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
UPDATE: It seems the bargaining is indeed progressing beyond preliminary stages, with the Celts upping the ante with at least one Brooklyn pick. Stay tuned to this developing story.
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