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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster

Mar 22, 2017 10:58 PM

Paul George heard some cheers when he was introduced as a visiting member of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Boston and was asked afterward about how the fans received him and his future with the Pacers.

“Yeah, I guess they were in on the rumors,” George said of how fans received him at TD Garden.

In the days leading up to February’s trade deadline the Celtics were reportedly one of a few teams to engage in talks with the Pacers on George.

“I didn't put no energy into it. It was out of my control,” George said of rumors that he might have been traded to the Celtics. "If I was here, I was here. If I remained a Pacer, I was a Pacer. I wasn’t going to put any unnecessary energy where I had no control over.”

George, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season, was then asked if he wanted to remain with the Pacers.

“Yeah,” he replied. "If we have a great team, why not?”

George added that if Indiana didn’t have an improved roster, “then me and front office will talk.”

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

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline

Mar 7, 2017 11:32 AM

Larry Bird claims the Indiana Pacers weren't interested in trading Paul George at the deadline.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were amongst the teams who called Bird. Magic Johnson's call to Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

“I wasn’t motivated to move Paul George at the deadline,” Bird said. “I can’t remember if it was even brought up or not. I don’t think it was. It’s all fake news anyway. You know that. Somebody’s gonna start it and [it] just was a snowball effect. [The phone call] was not about Paul George.”

George can become a free agent in 2018 and reportedly will consider signing with the Lakers.

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

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Abdel Nader Hoping To Make Celtics' 17-18 Roster After Strong D-League Season

Mar 5, 2017 12:39 PM

Abdel Nader is one of the top prospects of the D-League, averaging 22.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Maine Red Claws.

Nader hopes to receive a legitimate shot at making the Boston Celtics' roster for the 17-18 season. Nader sought that chance this season but agreed to a deal where he would remain in the D-League with the Red Claws. Nader was the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Iowa State.

“It’s just a testament to all the hard work I put in in the offseason,” Nader said. “On a daily basis you’ve got to keep proving people wrong. I’ve got to keep developing, keep getting better. Everybody [in the D-League] is bigger and stronger than college. You’re going against men, you know? Everybody is a pro. There’s a lot more spacing [than in college], so you have a lot more freedom to handle the ball and get into the paint.”

Forwards James Young, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko will be free agents this summer, opening the door for Nader to make a bid at a roster spot.

“I think I put myself in a position [to make the roster],” he said. “I think I have a great chance. I have proven myself and I’m going to continue to do so. It’s my time, that’s how I feel right now.”

Nader will likely get an invitation to training camp, along with 2016 first-round picks Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic, who are flourishing overseas.

“They’re very hands-on with me and my development in Maine,” Nader said of Celtics management. “They send front-office guys all the time. Danny [Ainge] comes and watches games in Maine. It’s great knowing those guys have my back, and I’m just grateful for the opportunity given to me.”

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Tags: Abdel Nader, Boston Celtics, Maine Red Claws, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Feb 28, 2017 7:49 PM

Andrew Bogut has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed upon a buyout following his trade.

Bogut also considered the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics

Feb 27, 2017 6:03 PM

Andrew Bogut has agreed upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut has narrowed his next team down to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

In 26 games for Dallas, Bogut averaged three points and 8.3 rebounds. 

Bogut spent five seasons with the Warriors before joining the Mavericks.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut

Feb 26, 2017 1:56 AM

Andrew Bogut is engaged in buyout talks with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston and Utah have had discussions with Bogut’s representatives over the last 24 hours.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Were On 'Pins And Needles' About Celtics Trading For Either George, Butler

Feb 24, 2017 4:23 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline.

The Celtics are already a top contender in the Eastern Conference, but acquiring either of those star wings would make them even more competitive in a series against the Cavaliers. Both George and Butler have played LeBron James well in the playoffs.

"The Cavs were on pins and needles yesterday about the Celtics getting Paul George or Jimmy Butler," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "Pins and needles. That's why I'm saying. Let's put it this way: if on day one next year it's Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, and Isaiah Thomas, the Cavs will be like 'okay, that's going to be a challenge.' If it's Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler, the Cavs might be out there saying 'we may have to trade Kevin Love.'"

The Celtics were weighing whether to package a combination of draft assets and existing players in a deal. Danny Ainge can revisit those talks in June.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Trying To Trade Andrew Bogut By Deadline

Feb 23, 2017 12:09 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to find a trade of Andrew Bogut before the deadline.

Bogut was acquired by the 76ers from the Mavericks in exchange for Nerlens Noel.

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have monitored Bogut's situation all season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Bogut would like to be a free agent and have begun discussions with Philadelphia on a buyout.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Finally Discuss Nets' Pick With Pacers On Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 11:43 AM

The Boston Celtics have finally allowed their pick from the Brooklyn Nets to be included in the conversation with the Indiana Pacers on Paul George.

The Celtics own swap rights for the Nets' first round pick in 2017 and their first rounder outright in 2018.

Boston has been searching for a superstar to add to their roster, yet has been reluctant to include any of Brooklyn's picks in talks.

The Celtics have also been interested in Jimmy Butler.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Pacers have been engaged with other teams to potentially clear roster spots that could be related to their talks with Boston on Paul George.

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