Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

NBA Trades: Western Conference Powerhouse Emerging as New Contender for Paul George?

Trade Rumors: Butler and George Are Up for Grabs The Indiana Pacers' president is sad because Paul George doesn't want to play for his mediocre team
Jerome Frank | 28 June, 2017, 05:17

Instead, the Pacers want young prospects or draft picks, something a third team like Denver could provide.

Despite not becoming a free agent until after next season, George has become one of the most talked about names this off-season after he announced he'd be leaving the Indiana Pacers at the end of the 2018 campaign to preferably sign with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

And they may not be willing to stop at acquiring George, either. There have been many trade rumors circling the last few days, including sending him to the Cavaliers, Clippers and Rockets. I know for sure, if not before this season, definitely afterwards, they could be looking for a new identity with George departing ways.

However, they may not need to look far as one of their young guns has been vocal in wanting to become just that for them, and have a bigger role on the team.

The elite point guards available - Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry - should have no trouble finding significant contracts.

According to the ESPN report, one of the Nuggets' off-season priorities is to upgrade the power forward position, which would be settled with the acquisition of Love.

The Cavaliers eliminated Paul George's Pacers in a first-round sweep this postseason. "It was a total gut punch, because we had many conversations over the summer on players we'd like to add and a style we'd like to play".

Several weeks ago, star forward Paul George reportedly told the Pacers front office that he will likely over on from IN next summer, having Los Angeles IN his crosshairs as a possible landing spot for the 2018-2019 season.

Cleveland reportedly also has interest in veterans Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade if they secure buyouts from the Knicks and Bulls, respectively. And who is making trade calls for the Cavs now?

It's no secret that the Cavs loss to the Golden State Warriors stung as jabs were thrown about the "Super Team" the Warriors won with, with the addition of former league MVP, Kevin Durant.

Kelenna Azubuike, a former National Basketball Association guard and current analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday that George has already reached out to Klay Thompson to join him on the Lakers when Thompson is a free agent - in 2019. Which players would you like to see your team sign?

IN has needed to trade George ever since it was reported last week that he informed the team he would not be returning once hitting free agency in 2018.

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