NBA Trade Rumors: Pacers to Send Paul George, Monta Ellis to Celtics for 6 Players?
The Indiana Pacers are planning to send Paul George and Monta Ellis to the Boston Celtics in exchange for six players as new NBA trade rumors have emerged.
Indiana has been a middling team in the past two seasons after reaching the Easter Conference Finals in two straight seasons from 2013 to 2014.
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However, the Pacers failed to sustain its top contender status, even with George at the helm, as the Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics have all improved. The three clubs have further upgraded their rosters this season and so George may be feeling that his current team is being left behind.
The Pacers lost head coach Frank Vogel to the Orlando Magic during summer, as his contract expired at the end of last season and was not renewed by management.
Vogel and George have a special connection, and, without the coach guiding him, it has been surmised that the three-time NBA All-Star may ask for a trade in midseason.
There are also rumors that Indiana could go on a full rebuild if things do not work out according to plan, which means that George will become the team's no. 1 trade asset this season.
Sportsrageous indicated that a potential trade partner would be the Celtics, as Boston is still looking for a legitimate superstar to lead the team into a new era.
The Celtics is said to be planning on forming a new Big Three as they search for another All-Star to go with Isaiah Thomas and newly-signed Al Horford. With that premise, George definitely fits the bill.
According to the rumor, George and fellow wingman Ellis is going to be traded to the Celtics in exchange for Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, James Young and rookie Jaylen Brown plus two future first-round picks.
While George and Ellis would be a welcome addition for Boston, it remains to be seen whether team president and general manager Danny Ainge would approve of such a deal since the club will have to let go of a lot of potential stars to make it happen, as per Inquisitr.