Paul George wants to be a Laker, we all know that. It has become common knowledge around basketball, and it has made trading for the six year vet much more difficult.
PG-13’s aspirations for the bright lights of Hollywood have really put the Pacers between a rock and a hard place. They’re not going to get a substantial return for him, since there is only one year left on George’s contract. And even if they keep George, they are not keeping him longer than one season.
And yet, there are still teams out there that want to trade for him to stay for one season.
For those who have followed my various rants about the Chicago Bulls, you know that I am a true believer in building a core instead of buying/trading for stars. So once I heard teams like the Celtics, Clippers, and Spurs are in the market for George, I was rather skeptical about the situation.
Take Boston for example; this team is prepared for the future. They have a bevy of future draft picks at their disposal, a team that has already proven that they are #1 seed caliber, AND they have an offseason of high-quality free agents to look forward too. They don’t need to risk giving up what they’ve built for the POSSIBILITY of beating the Warriors next season.
Danny Ainge, do yourself a favor, and find another route to take.
Then you have teams like the Clippers and Spurs, who will be losing players in the next few years due to age and free agency. They are in no position to give up assets for a guy who is more that likely only going to stay for one year.
And the Lakers being in these rumors just doesn’t make ANY sense to me. Why in the world would you even toy with the idea of trading for a guy who wants to come to your team? You’ve already built your team full of young talent with PLENTY of potential. Just wait, and you will be fine.
Finally, the Pacers are up a creek without a paddle here. All they can really do is swim and hope for the best.
I would say, Indy, keep shopping him. You need to get anything you can so that you don’t lose him next summer for nothing. However, the best deals may be before the mid-season trade deadline. I would be surprised if there is not one bubble playoff team who will be DESPERATE for a star to help them make a deep run in the playoffs.
But I want to hear from you. Where do you think Paul George will be by the time we tip-off the 2017-2018 season? Vote on the Twitter poll right here;