A new NBA team has emerged in the Paul George trade talks.
Both of Los Angeles’ NBA teams are reportedly now involved in the Paul George trade talks.
The Lakers, George’s preferred destination, are reportedly ready to “parachute” into discussions with Indiana if another team gets far along in the process.
The Clippers are now reportedly trying to get involved, too.
Sporting News’ Sean Devaney reports that the Clippers are pursuing a potential sign-and-trade involving George.
But the Pacers could, too, wait until after July 1 on a deal, if their best course of action involves a sign-and-trade. That, at least, gives the Pacers the chance to widen their base of possible George trade targets. Among them, league sources told Sporting News, are the Clippers, who have three significant free agents — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick — and are desperate to add a player who could change their perennial postseason disappointment. The Clippers have expressed interest in George.
George to the Clippers makes sense, but Griffin and Redick are both unrestricted free agents, so unless they’d be willing to go to Indiana, it’s tough to see that working.