Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins have already been traded, but there could be another star on the move before Thursday's NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. According to a new report from Yahoo! Sports, the Indiana Pacers are actively testing the trade value of superstar Paul George.
Adrian Wojnarowski had the story and added there is "no urgency" on Indiana's part to trade George. Urgency or not, the mere fact the Pacers will listen to offers for a player of George's caliber is massive news.
Certainly very few teams could afford what it would take to acquire George, who is a three-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Star. But if a team did pull it off, that could drastically change the landscape of either conference.
The Celtics have already been linked to George based on the fact they arguably have the most expendable assets of any team and currently sit second in the East. If they want to chase down the Cavaliers, who are banged up right now, George would help them do that. He's averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, and is a three-time pick for the All-Defensive team.
The Celtics have a deep roster of talented players plus the Brooklyn Nets' first round pick this summer. It could end up being the first overall pick in a stacked draft and that piece alone would be tough to compete with, at least among teams currently in the playoff picture.
This will naturally bring up the question among fans of whether the Wizards can afford him. They have some options to offer like future first round picks and young players like Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr., but can any combination of those pieces compete with a Celtics' offer? If they could entice the Pacers, however, a big three of George, John Wall and Bradley Beal would truly be something.