The Celtics and Pacers reportedly are discussing a trade for Paul George. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics and Pacers reportedly are discussing a trade for Paul George. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

With just under three hours left until the NBA trade deadline, the Celtics appear to be pushing for Paul George.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics and Pacers have had preliminary talks on George. The report says the Celtics hasn’t met Indiana’s asking price, but the Nets pick has entered the conversation.

George is averaging 22.3 points per game and is signed through the end of the 2018-19 season.

It is worth noting, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics have put the 2017 Nets pick into the offer for George.  This pick will likely be in the top four, but could get as high as the No. 1 overall pick. Of course the Celtics will need to add more, but this would be a big starting point.

Stay turned for more as the day goes on.

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WEEI

Tucked within this Steven Bulpett story on potential Celtics trade targets with Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline rapidly approaching is a new name — Memphis forward JaMychal Green.

Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) dunks on Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Both are Celtics trade targets. (Justin Ford/USA Today Sports)

Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) dunks on Suns forward P.J. Tucker. Both are Celtics trade targets. (Justin Ford/USA Today Sports)

Tucked within this Steven Bulpett story on potential Celtics trade targets with Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline rapidly approaching is a new name — Memphis forward JaMychal Green.

The 6-foot-9 Alabama product would fill a number of rotational needs for the Celtics. He’s considered an above-average defender who is averaging nine points and 7.3 rebounds a game while shooting .368 from 3-point land.

If the Celtics fail to land a big fish like Chicago’s Jimmy Butler or Indiana’s Paul George — and consensus seems to be growing that Celtics boss Danny Ainge intends to keep his Brooklyn picks — then they’ll turn their sights to the next tier, which includes players like Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker and Green.

Both can defend, rebound, and shoot 3’s, which seem like prerequisites to fit Brad Stevens’ system. Less of a fit in that sense would be a traditional center like Dallas’s Andrew Bogut, who would at least beef up the team’s subpar rebounding.

There’s no word on how available Green is, or what the Celtics would surrender to acquire him

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John Tomase

Today’s installment of “Emoji’s with I.T.” is an hourglass.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas set Twitter atwitter earlier this week when he posted an eyeball emoji, which some took to mean a Celtics trade was imminent. Thomas was up to more mischief on Wednesday, posting an hourglass and then leaving us to our own devices.

 

Today’s installment of “Emoji’s with I.T.” is an hourglass.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas set Twitter atwitter earlier this week when he posted an eyeball emoji, which some took to mean a Celtics trade was imminent. Thomas was up to more mischief on Wednesday, posting an hourglass and then leaving us to our own devices.

 

Could he simply mean that the clock is ticking to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? Nah. More than 8,000 retweets later, we have a better theory:

As observant tweeter Johnny Nup notes, if you turn a pair of Paul George shoes sideways, the Pacers star’s logo looks remarkably like an hourglass.

Ipso facto, the Celtics must be close to a deal for Indiana’s All-Star.

Right? Right?!? RIGHT?!?!?!?!

About 24 hours remain in silly season.

(By the way, for more on Thomas’s mystery tweet, check out Alex Reimer on the Mashup Blog.)

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

The Celtics haven’t ruled out bringing Melo to Boston.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the C’s remain in contact with the Knicks over superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

The Celtics haven’t ruled out bringing Melo to Boston.

According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the C’s remain in contact with the Knicks over superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony.

The 32-year-old 10-time All-Star is on the block as the Knicks contemplate rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony has a no-trade clause, and there are reports he’d exercise it just to stick it to New York hoops boss Phil Jackson, but earlier reports pegged the Celtics as a contender he’d consider joining.

Any deal for Anthony would start with Celtics big men Tyler Zeller and Amir Johnson, whose contracts would be required to make the money work. The C’s would then be attempting to entice the Knicks with non-Brooklyn draft picks that will probably be in the 20s.

If the Celtics land Anthony, they’ll be taking themselves out of the free agent market this summer, when players like Utah swingman Gordon Hayward could be available. Anthony is in the third year of a five-year, $124 million contract that includes an early termination option that he could exercise to become a free agent after next season.

I wrote about Anthony recently and why I’d love to see him in Celtics green, despite his issues as an aging ball-hog.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Could the Celtics use the second-leading rebounded in the NBA? Definitely. Does the fact that he tweeted eyeball emojis in the style of Isaiah Thomas mean he’s coming here? Absolutely not.

Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Could the Celtics use the second-leading rebounded in the NBA? Definitely. Does the fact that he tweeted eyeball emojis in the style of Isaiah Thomas mean he’s coming here? Absolutely not.

Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a former UConn star, addressed reports that he could be dealt after Pistons practice on Tuesday. Specifically, reporters wanted to know what he was getting at when he retweeted Thomas’s eyeball emojis and then tweeted a pair of his own on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he asked reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors. I’m a grown man. I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Drummond’s fit with the Celtics on the interior would be obvious. He led the league in rebounding last year (14.8) and is second this year (13.8) while averaging 14.6 points per game.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, who is also president of basketball operations, admitted having discussions about Drummond, but wouldn’t characterize them beyond that.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre. The rumors don’t mean anything to me.”

The question is how much the Celtics would be willing to part with to acquire Drummond, who signed a five-year, $130 million extension with Detroit last summer. The Nets’ first-round pick, which could be No. 1 overall, would almost certainly be off the table.

 

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

With the Celtics in need of size and rebounding, they’re reportedly mulling an offer to the Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut — but only if they can pull off a bigger deal prior to the trade deadline.