Paul George heading to Boston?

While the Boston Celtics certainly have a lot of young talent and a host of assets that are the envy of any and every team around the league, the one thing they don't have is a superstar, franchise player. While they have proven that they are capable of surprising people, and capable of competing night in and night out with the best in the league, they have also been unable to get over the hump and compete on a level that the Celtic faithful have come to expect out of arguably the most storied franchise in all of Basketball. Ultimately, the Boston Celtics do need an All-Star caliber talent to take them to the next level, and the latest NBA trade rumors seem to indicate that Danny Ainge may have found just that in PG-13 -- Paul George.

Logistics of the deal

Thus far, it appears that the Boston Celtics are prepared to deal Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, and 4 future draft picks to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George. At first glance, this might seem a bit one sided, as none of the players the Celtics would send are close to the talent level of Paul George, however, upon further analysis, this might actually appeal to both teams, and what both franchises need in the long term. While one could look at the deal and say that Indiana isn't getting anything in return as far as top-tier talent is concerned, the 3 Celtics players (while not All-Star level) are productive and consistent contributors overall. Couple this with the 4 future draft picks, and the Pacers will be set, perhaps not this year or the next, but if they are indeed looking to build toward the future, you can't really argue all that much with future draft picks.

Ultimately, with the likes of the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are not ready to compete at present, so this may be the better deal for the franchise overall.

As far as the Boston Celtics are concerned, they would be acquiring the services of Paul George without sacrificing their young core of talent in Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, or rookie Jaylen Brown.

They may be depleted a bit as far as draft picks go, but the Celtics have essentially been stockpiling picks and young talent for half a decade now. What better way to use those assets than in a deal to acquire a high-caliber, franchise player like Paul George?

Paul George is playing like his old self prior to his horrific injury, averaging 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 12 games played this season, and, if these NBA trade rumors prove true, PG-13 could find himself playing for the white and green.

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