Paul George might have teased his exit from the Pacers on Twitter earlier today.
Paul George has one year left on his contract with the Indiana Pacers before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Since last season, rumors have been swirling that he’s on his way out of Indiana—with Boston and Los Angeles as likely destinations. Today didn’t help with putting those rumors to rest.
Earlier, in response to a Bleacher Report article focusing on the Celtics potentially trading their No. 1 overall draft pick, George either purposefully or accidentally replied to the tweet. He didn’t say anything in the tweet, but still, people are trying to figure out what it all means.
Here’s a screenshot, as the tweet has since been deleted:
Does Paul George want a trade to the Celtics or did he pick one hell of a tweet to butt-reply? pic.twitter.com/tU7EskkmOQ
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 18, 2017
George was involved in a trade before the deadline earlier this season with the Celtics, but Larry Bird refused to budge. George has made clear that he wants to be on a contending team, and the Celtics appear to be one piece away from being considered title contenders while the Pacers remain entrenched in mediocrity.
Here’s what former Celtic Paul Pierce had to say regarding the Celtics and Paul George earlier this week:
“You trade this pick, because (Fultz) cannot help the Celtics get over the top. The window is now,” Pierce said Wednesday on ESPN’s The Jump. “You’re a 50-win team, you’re the No. 1 seed. You have to build on this momentum. So if you can acquire a Paul George, a Jimmy Butler, or Gordon (Hayward) from Utah, you have to do it. Now, I would try to persuade Gordon to sign as a free agent — you don’t have to trade for him. You go out, you try to get Gordon. Then now, you have the chance with the No. 1 pick to try to acquire Jimmy Butler or Paul George, you go for it. You need these guys. You want to get over the top. Boston doesn’t praise winning the Eastern Conference. They’re going for a championship.”
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to where George will end up, and unfortunately we only have rumors to go on right now.