The Indiana Pacers and All-star forward Paul George have had a rough patch the past month or so regarding his future with the team. The Los Angeles Lakers have been mainly rumored to be the landing spot for George via trade of once he hits the open market in 2018 free agency, but other teams have been rumored to have a serious chance to acquire the all-star.
George informed the Pacers front office that he plans to play for the franchise this upcoming season and won’t demand a trade from the team, but plans to seek his worth in the 2018 free agency class. If George plans to move on to a team like the Lakers once his contract is up, he will be worth a max contact around $130 million over 4 years. But if George decides that he wants to spend extra time in Indiana, he will be worth around $180 million over 5 years with a max contract.
The Clippers, Rockets, Wizards and, yes, Cavs are among the teams that have also talked Paul George trades with Indiana, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2017
Therefor since he plans to test his value and a slim chance he rejoins the Pacers, they have been in serious trade talks heading into the NBA draft. Teams that have been rumored to have a legitimate chance at George are the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Add the Wizards to the list of teams who have reached out to Indiana for Paul George.
— LegionHoops.com (@LegionWebsite) June 20, 2017
Let’s start off with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards looked very good towards the end of the season and took the top seeded Boston Celtics to game 7 on the Eastern Conference Semi Finals where they eventually lost in a heart breaking game. The Wizards just looked like they needed 1 elite player to possibly have a trip to the NBA finals.
Paul George could be that player for the right price. Since the Wizards went on a spending spree last offseason and paid players like Ian Mahinmi and Bradley Beal, they are very tight to the cap limit. This upcoming offseason Otto Porter is set to become a restricted free agent. If the Wizards do a sign and trade with Porter and send Mahinmi back to Indiana with a few picks, the Wizards could be legitimate threats to the Cavaliers.
— Hoops Rumors (@HoopsRumors) June 20, 2017
Cleveland was just in the NBA finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in 5 games. This trade doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Cavaliers as they already have the highest payroll in the entire NBA and would have to lose a lot of depth to gain a player like George, it wouldn’t mean that the Cavs team would be ruined. Just look what the Warriors did last off-season when they acquired Kevin Durant. Golden State had to strip their depth to afford him, but they won the Finals after the team realized they could sign veterans to the minimum just so they can get a ring.
There is a very slim chance that the Cavs are able to work a trade out for George though.
The Los Angeles Lakers might have just shaken up the NBA world when they traded away a very good young guard in D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft. The Lakers also cleared away approximately 16 million when they traded away Tim Mozgov in that deal too.
Lakers are trading Tim Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick Thursday, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 20, 2017
But, they might have really hurt their chances by trading away a young a promising player. If the Lakers decide to trade for George instead of waiting until he hits the open market. A trade like that would probably include the Lakers 2nd overall pick, and other young players.