According to ESPN, leading up to last Thursday’s draft, the Cavaliers, Nuggets, and Pacers engaged in talks on a three-way deal that would have sent Paul George to Cleveland, Kevin Love to Denver, and Indiana would have received players from the Nuggets. Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried, and Wilson Chandler are all said to be available, according to the report.
The Cavs are still interested in the 27-year-old George, and will continue to pursue him, according to the report.
Also, the Cavaliers are reportedly interested in both Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, if one or both players receive buyouts.
If the Cavs can get their hands on George, obviously they will be able to contend with the Warriors. Cleveland knows that they can’t bring the same team back, and expect to beat the Warriors. Whether it’s Anthony, Wade, or George, expect some changes to the Cavs roster next season.
Cleveland was not the only team trying to get George. The Lakers, Rockets, Spurs, and Celtics have all reportedly tried to get their hands on George before the draft. George reportedly would like to play for the Lakers. He can opt out of his contract with the Pacers in the summer of 2018.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers and Pacers are in trade talks for Paul George. George, who is from Southern California, is reportedly interested in playing for the Lakers.
Seems to be the perfect move for both teams. Lakers have some young talent(Randle, Russell) they can unload, and the Pacers need to rebuild.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly busy with trade talks with the Pacers for Paul George, and the Bulls for Jimmy Butler. However, their front office had a little shakeup. GM David Griffin will not return to the team, the Cavs announced on Monday. Griffin, who was the GM in Cleveland for three years, could not agree to a contract extension with the team. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Griffin and Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert could not come to an agreement about the future of the team.
With Griffin out, ESPN NBA analyst Chauncey Billups could be a candidate for the job of President of Basketball Operations, according to Wojnarowski.
Also, according to Wojnarowski, the turmoil in the Cavs front office has caused issues in terms of trade talks with other teams. This is not the time to have front office issues. With the draft and free agency around the corner, Cleveland may need to move fast in terms of hiring their new GM.
Busy times in Cleveland!!
Paul George told the Indiana Pacers that he will opt out of his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season, and become a free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. George, who reportedly would like to play for the Lakers, told the Pacers he would leave the team in the summer of 2018, according to the report.
While George has not requested a trade, the Pacers have reached out to the Cavaliers and other teams to gauge their interest in George, according to Wojnarowski. Obviously, based off what we saw in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavs could use the services of George, then again, a lot of teams could use a Paul George. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Pacers are going to move fast in terms of trying to deal George.
Being that the Southern California native will test free agency in the summer of 2018, it becomes a gamble for any team to trade for him, especially if George has a big time interest in the Lakers. However, if a team trades for George, and he likes that situation, maybe a team could convince him to stay.
The 27-year-old George could possibly change the balance of power in the NBA, particularly if he goes to a contender.
The Boston Celtics have a big decision come draft day. They could stay at one and draft Markelle Fultz, or they could trade the pick and try to get an established star.
If it were up to actor and Celtics fan Mark Wahlberg, Boston would trade the pick. Wahlberg shared his thoughts on what the Celtics should do at one with TMZ Sports.
“The Celtics are looking good, but I think we don’t take the draft pick. I think we trade for a great player; we need a star. We need Jimmy Butler, we need Paul George, we need somebody.”
I think the Celtics should try to get an established star. If they add a nice piece, they could challenge the Cavs in the East.
After getting swept by the Cavaliers, the Pacers thoughts are to the off-season, and what they can do to improve. One player who might be looking to improve his situation is their star Paul George. According to Mitch Lawrence, George had expressed to former teammates his interest in playing for the Lakers. George, who is from Southern California, can opt out of his contract at the end of next season. George could sign an extension with the Pacers this off-season.
The Lakers need a star, and George might fit the bill. We’ll see what Magic has up his sleeve.
In honor of the upcoming NBA Playoffs, we bring you our interview with Pacers’ star Paul George from 2012. During this interview, we discussed their playoff matchup with the Heat in 2012, and so much more!
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We sat down with Warriors’ G Shaun Livingston back in August 2014. At the time, Livingston had just signed with the Warriors. We discussed his signing with the Warriors, coming back from a major knee injury, Paul George’s injury and so much more!
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