According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and his two peers Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne all stated on Lowe’s podcast, all three have heard rumblings that Indiana is not shopping the soon-to-be free agent. It was widely speculated that with the departure of President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird, that George would be on the move as he’s not expected to re-sign in Indiana.
The following is from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
“I heard the same thing this week, from someone who would know, and it sort of surprised me because I think we all assumed when Larry stepped down and Pritch stepped in and the writing is on the wall for what’s going to happen there, and the last thing I heard is that they’re going to try and regroup and get a couple better players to put around him and make a run at keeping him.”
Shelburne would also chime in saying she heard the same thing, making that three reliable sources who don’t think Indiana is going to be moving the All-Star forward.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 7, 2017
It has been widely known that George has high interest in signing with his hometown club, the Los Angeles Lakers. Rumors also spread that George had considered looking at whereever forward Gordon Hayward signed this summer as his possible new team. With the Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly looking like they need a change, George’s name has been springing up.
a summer of “Paul George to CLE” rumors is the type of thing I can really get behind
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) June 9, 2017
It seems odd that Indiana wouldn’t try to move George especially with the Draft looming, as the slim chances of re-signing him don’t look promising. A star player like George is going to fetch Indiana a good haul as there are few elite swingmen in a wing-dominate league. A team that may need one more star to challenge Cleveland or Golden State, could use George to get over the hump. Hoops Nation’s own Brendan Smith recently highlighted George’s options with his impending free agency.
With the Draft just a few weeks away and the amount of talent in this year’s class it would make sense for Indiana to reconsider their current strategy.