The Celtics have a growing confidence they could sign George to a contract extension, and keep him from leaving to his predetermined free-agent destination of the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical. Boston’s belief that it can make George more than a one-year rental is fueling the franchise’s willingness to part with a significant package of assets, league sources said.
“He has the talent to be an All-Star,” Johnson told reporters. “We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better, and also that players want to play with.” Asked about Johnson’s remarks on Monday, Russell did not try to respond. “I can’t really control that — what they say when I’m gone,” he said. “So it’s the past. I’m here now, so it’s irrelevant, honestly.”