Indiana is reportedly not anxious to make a move immediately, though.
At least one NBA team has contacted the Indiana Pacers about a trade for Paul George.
Yes, it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers.
George, who’s set to be a free agent next summer, reportedly told Indiana that he plans on leaving the franchise. He reportedly prefers to end up in Los Angeles playing for the Lakers.
The Cavs are in NBA championship pursuit mode, though, and after getting beaten easily by the Warriors, are looking to upgrade their roster.
George, even as a one-year rental, fulfills that need.
(Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin) Pritchard has yet to show an inclination to engage the Lakers, but has discussed deals with several teams – including Cleveland – in which the expectation of teams would be that George is a “one-year rental.” The Cavaliers are devoid of the kind of young players and future picks that Indiana might want in return for George, and George has never mentioned the Cavaliers as an intriguing destination.
It is unclear how robust offers to Indiana will ultimately be, given that teams believe he will sign with the Lakers next summer. So far, Indiana is asking for a substantial package of talent and draft picks for George, league sources said. Discussions could extend until Thursday’s NBA draft – or beyond.