NBA Trade Rumors: Both Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers Want Paul George
Even if Paul George already bared his plans to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, two NBA teams are reportedly willing to become a trading partner for the Indiana Pacers. It is indeed a big gamble but the Cleveland Cavaliers, this year's NBA Finals runner-up, and the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly willing to take.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the 27-year old four-time NBA All-Star has already informed the Indiana Pacers front office thru his agent, Aaron Mintz, about his decision to opt out his contract next year in the hopes of joining the LA Lakers. In all fairness to PG13, he gave the Pacers front office something to look forward in rebuilding the team, also potentially a chip for trade.
Paul George to Cleveland Cavaliers
This is where the Cleveland Cavaliers comes in. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported that the Cavs front office are willing to trade for George even without any assurances of a long-term deal. Sources say the Cleveland management is confident that its championship culture and overall atmosphere could change George's mind into staying beyond the 2017-18 season.
However, there are only two viable options to get PG13, assuming LeBron James is untouchable. Yes, there's only Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. But without any verbal commitment from George, it would be hard to decide for the Cavs front office to agree, one source said.
Paul George to Los Angeles Clippers
Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported that the LA Clippers have also expressed their interest in getting Paul George in the hopes of changing their perennial postseason disappointment. However, the best course of action will involve a sign-and-trade.
Currently, the LA Clippers have three significant free agents in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick. CP3 and Griffin both has player options while Redick is an unrestricted free agent.
ANALYSIS: Given Griffin's on-off injuries these past few years, he's an ideal candidate. Plus, DeAndre Jordan could finally operate freely down the baseline. In addition, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick playing the backcourt could sit pretty well for Paul George's style of play.
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