Paul George trade rumors: Celtics talks for Pacers star have stalled
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 20:28
According to Pritchard, he hasn't had any direct conversation with George since it was revealed he didn't want to play in IN any longer.
The Pacers, according to Pritchard, plan to be patient in their desire to trade George.
By the time Ainge went on the clock, longtime target Jimmy Butler was on his way to Minneapolis, and a brief but tempestuous flirtation with NY over acquiring Kristaps Porzingis turned out to be nothing more than a hot air discharge from Madison Square Garden.
The Pacers have been actively shopping their star forward after he said he was not going to re-sign with the team when his contract expires after next season. "If we would have known this a few months ago, I think we could have been more prepared". "But we didn't put ourselves in this situation - he did", Pritchard said, per the Miller Time Podcast. "We had conversations with players and how we want to go forward so for me it was a shock - the way I saw it and the way it got into the media". "It really is. When Paul said he didn't, that's a gut punch".
That has made trading George far more hard.
"For me it was gut punch", Pritchard said. "I mean it was a total gut punch, because we had many conversations over the summer about players that we'd like to add, a little bit of a style we'd like to play".
There's no shortage of interest in George, who's coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game in addition to 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest.
The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers reportedly remain in potential Paul George trade talks in the run-up to Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, but Marc Stein of ESPN reports that that the Houston Rockets continue to make a strong push to acquire the Pacers star.
The Pacers have yet to find a deal they like, though, and it could be hard given that IN has very little leverage IN negotiations.
"Look, we could go a lot of different places", Pritchard said.
"I know it's not ideal". I don't think it's that. "And then the way it got out ... we struggled with that". We want to be methodical in our decision-making. He said the Pacers are willing to make a deal in several scenarios including getting younger players, adding veterans or a mix.
"For Paul, it's a situation as he looks at this, it's not ideal, but it's not ideal for us".
While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick - Jayson Tatum - in a deal for George. But his exit is coming, and the Pacers evidently aren't feeling too good about it.