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Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max

Jun 23, 2017 9:45 PM

In following up on a report that the Boston Celtics could do an extend-and-trade agreement with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers if they manage to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency, Albert Nahmad explained why the scenario makes financial sense.

Under that scenario, George would increase his 17-18 salary from $19.5 million to the $29.7 million maximum and then extend for two additional years, which would mean $94 million over three years.

If George were to wait for six months after the trade, he could extend for four years at $169 million. But Boston would be required to keep the cap space necessary to increase George's salary to the max, which is $10.2 million.

On the renegotiation and extension deal, George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in the 2020 offseason when he will have turned 30 that May.

While George has preferred to join the Los Angeles Lakers, he can compete for a title with the Celtics while having a financial incentive in both the short-term and long-term. If the Lakers don't trade for George, they can only offer him a four-year deal in 2018 with five percent raises.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Could Trade For Paul George If Agreement Reached With Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2017 12:21 PM

The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers continue to discuss a Paul George trade but it is reportedly contingent on signing Gordon Hayward in free agency.

According to sources, the Celtics are in position to trade for George with a three-year extension in place. George would lose money, however, on an extend-and-trade as opposed to the raises he could receive simply becoming a free agent in 2018.

The Celtics passed on trading for Jimmy Butler at the draft and were instead focused on scenarios for George.

George has long preferred to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, but it is possible the Celtics could make a trade for him with a commitment in the long-term.

George and Hayward were both members of the 2010 draft class and there was a report in March that indicated George wanted to play with Hayward, who is from Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Danny Ainge Suggests Celtics' Asset Depth Has Caused Teams To Ask For Too Much

Jun 23, 2017 10:46 AM

Danny Ainge was asked whether he feels the Boston Celtics are being asked for more in trade discussions than they are of other teams due to the depth of assets the team holds in terms of future picks and affordable role players.

"I think there's some truth in that," said Ainge. "I think you're spot on a little bit. I know when I try to do deals with teams, I'm lookin at: 'I'm going to call that team because they have something I'm really excited about.'

"Yeah, people around the league know the things we have and I think they are asking for some of our prime real estate."

Ainge was asked whether their strong position has actually been an impediment. 

"I think over the last few trading periods I think it's been a little bit of a hurdle. Bottom line is we have to do the deals we really believe in. I think our team is on board with the ones we've turned down and the ones we've pursued longer and think more about it. We'll just continue to find the right deals."

Boston reportedly declined to offer either the No. 3 pick or Brooklyn's 2018 pick to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. 

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade No. 3 In 2017 Or Brooklyn's 2018 Pick To Bulls For Jimmy Butler

Jun 22, 2017 8:46 PM

The Boston Celtics were unwilling to trade either the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft nor the Brooklyn Nets' pick in 2018 to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls instead pivoted to trade Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, acquiring the No. 7 pick, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have long sought a superstar player, but continue to be reluctant to part with their assets.

The Celtics also plan on pursuing Gordon Hayward in free agency, which could have complicated their calculus on Butler.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Pacers Engage More Seriously On Paul George Trade

Jun 22, 2017 8:02 PM

With Jimmy Butler being moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves, talks between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers on Paul George have become more serious.

Boston selected Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who would presumably be moved to Indiana if a George deal is consummated.

George prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

10:54 PM Update: A couple of rival teams expected the Celtics to reach a deal with Indiana on a trade. There's not an expectation the Pacers completing a George trade on draft night.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Seeking 3rd Pick, Brooklyn 2018 1st, Brown, Crowder From Celtics For Porzingis

Jun 22, 2017 2:24 PM

The New York Knicks are seeking the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft, the Brooklyn Nets' pick in 2018 along with Jaylen Brown and Jae Crowder from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis.

The Celtics, at this point, are unwilling to meet Phil Jackson's asking price. Danny Ainge is reportedly open to tweaking the deal to include just one of the two Brooklyn picks.

This version of the deal would not include the contract of Joakim Noah.

Jackson has regretted not acquiring Crowder since he wasn't included in the Knicks' deal with the Dallas Mavericks for Tyson Chandler.

Brown is also known to be close to Isiah Thomas.

Ian Begley of ESPN reports the Celtics are offering the No. 3 pick along with one player and an additional 2017 lottery pick they believe they can acquire in a separate trade tonight.

A source tells Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald"(Phil Jackson) is just messing with things." The Celtics are "waiting for Jackson to come back to earth."

At the end of draft night per Adrian Wojnarowski, teams were wondering if Jackson was merely trying to send a message to Porzingis' camp with his public trade talks.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Jaylen Brown, Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Knicks Have 'So Far' Yet To Find Team To Meet Trade Price On Kristaps Porzingis

Jun 22, 2017 1:43 PM

The New York Knicks have "so far" been unable to find a team willing to meet their asking price for Kristaps Porzingis.

Phil Jackson admitted in an interview on the eve of the draft that the Knicks are entertaining offers for Porzingis.

The Boston Celtics are one of the teams engaged with the Knicks on Porzingis as the Knicks attempt to trade into the top-4.

Both David Aldridge and Sam Amick refute a report that the Phoenix Suns are closing in on a deal for Porzingis.

According to Marc Stein at 2:11 PM EST, the Celtics are still working to put together a trade package for Porzingis.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Multiple Teams Interested In Trading Up For Josh Jackson

Jun 22, 2017 10:20 AM

As draft day begins, Josh Jackson appears to be the player multiple teams are interested in targeting.

Markelle Fultz will be picked No. 1 by the Philadelphia 76ers and it appears to be a formality that the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball at No. 2, which means the draft will start with the Boston Celtics at No. 3.

Jackson hasn't worked out for the Celtics and there are reports he's concerned with going there due to their depth at his position and the possibility he would eventually be traded. The Celtics are believed to be considering Jackson and Jayson Tatum, but they also have interest in trading down.

"Tremendous appetite around the NBA to trade into the Top 4 to select Kansas' Josh Jackson," writes Adrian Wojnarowski.

The New York Knicks are one team considering trading into the top-4 with Jackson as their target, according to reports.

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Tags: Josh Jackson, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Interested In Trading Down To Target Dennis Smith Jr.

Jun 21, 2017 6:49 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are considering moving back in the draft again from No. 3.

The Celtics are believed to be interested in Dennis Smith Jr.

“We call him the minister of disinformation,” said one rival executive. “He’s putting a lot of stuff out there.”

The Celtics are believed to like Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jonathan Isaac if they stay at No. 3.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

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Celtics Leaning Towards Jayson Tatum As Josh Jackson Still Declines Workout Invite
The Celtics have finally received the medicals of Josh Jackson, who they are considering picking at No. 3.

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Jimmy Butler Remains Committed To Bulls
The Cavaliers have interest in trading for Jimmy Butler, but they were informed he would be reluctant to commit to them in the long-term.

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are said to be high on Josh Jackson in the draft and the Celtics own the third overall pick.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Danny Ainge Thinks Celtics' Pick At No. 3 Likely To Have Been Their Pick At No. 1
The Celtics are expected to select either Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, though there's a chance the Los Angeles Lakers pass on Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

76ers, Celtics Officially Announce Trade With Future Pick Protections
If the Lakers' pick doesn't convey, the Celtics will receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable unless it's No. 1.

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Celtics Hope To Trade No. 3 To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Bulls were seeking the No. 3 pick from the 76ers for Jimmy Butler.

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Celtics Agree To Sign Daniel Theis
Daniel Theis is a 25-year-old stretch big.

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Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Celtics Likely To Decide Between Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson If They Keep No. 3
Boston could also flip the third overall pick in a separate trade and aren't done discussing scenarios.

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Celtics Agree To Send No. 1 Pick To 76ers
The Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick to the 76ers

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Celtics Attempting To Secure Visits With Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball
The Celtics reportedly like Josh Jackson at No. 3 but they have been unsuccessful in securing a meeting with him.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Kevin Garnett's Inclusion In 2013 Trade Added Two Extra Pick Assets For Celtics
If the Nets had traded for only Paul Pierce, they would have sent one draft pick and spare parts to match salary.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Dennis Smith Jr. To Work Out For Celtics
Dennis Smith Jr. has also worked out for the Lakers, Magic, Knicks and Wolves.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Celtics, 76ers May Not Agree Upon Trade Until Draft Night
There have been reports of the deal expanding to include a third team with Jimmy Butler going to the Celtics.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

Markelle Fultz To Work Out For 76ers On Saturday
Markelle Fultz was scheduled to work out for the Celtics, but Friday's trade talks with the 76ers have changed the dynamic.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Magic Johnson 'In Love' With Markelle Fultz After He 'Murdered' Lakers' Workout
The Lakers may try to move up to No. 1 by offering No. 2 and Julius Randle to the Celtics.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

76ers Discussing Trading Up To No. 1 With Celtics
The Celtics would receive multiple draft assets from Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 1 pick.

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Josh Jackson To Boston At No. 1 Gaining Momentum
Josh Jackson has yet to workout for the Celtics but he could still be their choice at No. 1.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Markelle Fultz Describes Lakers' Workout As 'Family Decision'
Markelle Fultz would prefer to be drafted first overall but is ready to go anywhere.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Al Horford, Hawks Were Strikingly Close On Contract Terms
The Hawks could have offered a five-year, $153 million max deal, but their best offer was a five-year, $136 million deal.

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