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Pacers Rumors: Celtics Eyeing Paul George via Trade?

The Boston Celtics are reportedly interested in acquiring a small-forward in a trade before the Feb. 23 deadline, with Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George being a possible target.

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As we approach the NBA trade deadline, it is that time of the year where trade rumors begin to circulate around the league. While a great deal of the speculation surrounding players prove to be merely rumors when it’s all said and done, they can be intriguing to entertain the idea of, at the very least.

Wednesday evening, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the Boston Celtics could be interested in pursuing George in a potential trade that would send the 26-year-old Pacers forward to Beantown. The Celtics have been linked to the Carmelo Anthony trade talks as of recent, but there has seemed to be no traction on a deal getting done any time soon, if at all.

Boston’s shown minimal interest in Anthony, preferring to continue its pursuit of persuading Chicago (Jimmy Butler) and Indiana (Paul George) to engage in trade talks that involve two younger, more well-rounded stars.

Surely, the Celtics acquiring George in a potential deal would be a dream scenario for the Boston-faithful, but it is highly unlikely as the Celtics likely do not have enough viable assets that would push Indiana to send away their best player.

With the Celtics being one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA, General Manager Danny Ainge may be looking to make a deal for a player that would put his team into immediate contention for the conference title, but don’t count on George or the Pacers to be involved in any of those such deals.

The Pacers (29-23) look to climb up the ranks in the Eastern Conference when they take on the streaking Washington Wizards (31-21) in an away bout on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.