The Boston Celtics currently sit at the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference with a 37-19 record, only 2 wins behind the 1st Seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.One of the most incredible storylines of this season has been Isaiah Thomas’ surge into an offensive superstar, matching John Havlicek for most consecutive 20 point games in a row. In fact, Thomas has been so good that he was invited to attend the NBA All-Star game for the second straight year.
And while the Celtics are rumored to be one of the teams that could potentially challenge LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the coming weeks for top team in the East, the Celtics are in need for some superstar talent, which they could find in the form of Paul George.
Although Paul George is still regarded as one of the best small forwards in the game, his Indiana Pacers are currently a bottom dwelling team in the East, barely scraping a winning record before All-Star weekend at 29-28.
With a core of Paul George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague, the Pacers are currently lacking playmakers that can consistently alter the pace and style of the game, and Paul George has taken notice, citing that he will not commit to a long term deal with the Pacers (perhaps hinting that they better do something big, and soon before he bolts).
“As I told [Pacers team president Larry Bird], I always want to play on a winning team,” George told reporters during All-Start weekend. “I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all].”
Enter the Boston Celtics.
With a treasure-trove of assets in the form of 2 future top 5 picks (courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets), and a multitude of young players with high potential, the Celtics have the best chance to lure George out of Indiana. In fact, it seems like a match made in heaven.
The Celtics could quickly turn into the favorites to dethrone LeBron as the best team in the East, while the Pacers could walk away with 2 potential cornerstones to pair with franchise player Myles Turner.
And while most people would argue that it makes more sense to try to get a guy like Jimmy Butler, whose team currently is in a state of chaos which they continue to deny, a guy like Paul George unequivocally puts the Celtics into Title Contention status.
Here is what the trade could potentially look like:
Celtics receive: Paul George, C.J Miles
Pacers receive: Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, 2017 Nets Pick, 2018 Nets Pick
Why it works(Celtics): The Celtics find their second superstar to form a dynamic two-punch tandem in Beantown, and also fix their shooting problems with sharpshooter C.J Miles. The Celtics would still look to make a trade for a tenacious rebounder in the offseason or the draft.
Why it works (Pacers): The Pacers hit the reset button, but do so in a wonderful fashion that leaves them looking forward to what the future has in store. With Markelle Fultz locked in to a rookie contract playing alongside surging star Myles Turner,and young talent in the form of a pair of lockdown defenders in Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, the Pacers get young and talented and primed for a strong push for a title in a couple of years.
So, who says no to the trade?