Pacers Declined Nuggets’ “Monster Offer” For Paul George

The Nuggets made a “monster offer” for Paul George but the talks gained no traction, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Per Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN, it was conveyed to Denver’s front office that George would be “highly unlikely” to commit to the Nuggets on a long-term deal (Twitter links).

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today corroborated Stein’s report, noting that the Nuggets “desperately” wanted in on the four-time All-Star (Twitter link). Haynes shed further light on George’s point of view, noting that he respects Denver’s vision, but- with the Spurs and Warriors in their way- didn’t envision the team having a path to the finals (Twitter link).

It may be a safe assumption that Nikola Jokic wasn’t a part of Denver’s offer. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (hat tip to RealGM.com), Jokic remains completely unavailable in trade talks. The Nuggets consider Jokic a franchise player who loves being in Denver.

Sam Amick of USA Today reiterated that George is “hell-bent” on becoming a Laker when he’s free agent-eligible, if no opportunity for a championship presents itself in Indiana (Twitter link).

We’d heard yesterday that the Lakers had inquired on George’s availability, but discussions- between team presidents Magic Johnson and Larry Bird- didn’t get past pleasantries. It appeared at the time that Indiana was simply feeling out the market for George, though the 26-year-old has been mentioned in several rumors today.

George has a player option worth $20,703,384 for the 2017/18 season.

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26 thoughts on “Pacers Declined Nuggets’ “Monster Offer” For Paul George

    • gammaraze

      Reader fails to understand that not all details come out at one time, and sometimes details are never released.

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    • Heres a lityle more… no one wants to play for the Nuggets so it doesnt really matter who they offered.

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  1. SamURLJackson

    Nothing more than something to drive up the asking price

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  2. Dionis
    Dionis

    Wow Bird is seriously overvaluing George and it will cost him next season, he is GONE unless Turner becomes Amare Stoudemire. Magic is going to destroy Bird like he did in the 80’s and steal him next off season.

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    • He’s overvaluing George because he isnt taking some “monster” offer from Denver??? What does Denver even have to combine with Jokic that could obtain George?

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      • Now that we know Jokic wasn’t a part of the deal it’s safe to say this “monster” offer was not even close.

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        • gammaraze

          So you would turn down Chandler, Gallinari, Mudiay, and a first?

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          • I would turn it down, Chandler is 29 with 1 left left on his deal after this season and Danilo is 28 and in the same place. Mudiay is really the only young piece that Indiana would acquire in that deal . Further, the Nuggets are in the playoffs currently without George so it isnt a top pick.

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          • gammaraze

            You know that George can leave after next season, right? ’18-’19 is a player option and if he’s truly “hell-bent” on going to the Lakers, he’ll decline that option. Considering that you could unload Gallinari and Chandler at next year’s deadline, turning down that kind of deal means that you’d really just rather let George walk after next season and get nothing at all in return.

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            • Reggie Green

              George can walk.but the Pacers can also offer the most money if they keep him.

              Are the Pacers a better team with George,or are they a better team with the trio of players you mention.should they max out George,or would they be better off spending to keep Galinari and Chandler.

              George is a bonafide star.Chandler and Galinari are role players,and Mudiay is a project.

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          • I do realize that, I also realize that there is the opportunity to move him this summer. You simply do not trade a Paul George talent for a deal centered around Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari…unless you’re the Kings, in which case anything is possible.

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      • Dionis
        Dionis

        Dude the Nuggets would NEVER give up Jokic, he is a future perennial all-star. The Nuggets could have offered a combination of Faried, their first round pick, either Chandler or Gallinari, and Barton for George.

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        • And George is a 26 year old current perennial all-star and is being valued as such. Faried, a pick, Chandler/Gallinari is a garbage deal for George.

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          • yoyo137

            True you’d have to go to better and cheaper pieces like Will Barton or Gary Harris since the Pacers would want young controllable talent and picks for George but it’s not worth it to give up any of those two or Jokic for Paul George who probably wouldn’t even resign with them.

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        • If that’s a “monster” deal, what is any deal that the Celtics could offer? George to the Nuggets starts at probably Faried, a first rounder, and one of (or both) of Harris/Murray.

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  3. Formerlyz

    And denver could put together a really big package, even though they gave up that pick for Plumlee. Arguably only thing that could get him is something huge from the Celtocs, at this point

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  4. JDonovan

    I would guess that it was Mudiay, Gallinari, Beasley, and a future 1st. That would qualify as a monster offer to me. Like I said, total guess though.

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  5. JamesW26

    So he doesn’t want to be in Denver because they path to the Finals is blocked by Golden State and San Antonio, but he’s “hell-bent” on becoming a Laker if he leaves Indiana?

    Do…does he know that the Lakers are in the Western Conference too?

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    • Reflect

      I think he was being nice (and dishonest) and simply doesn’t want to play for Denver regardless of how good their team is.

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  6. Daniel

    Denver always fails but we will role with the young core and try for a splash this offseason

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  7. Formerlyz

    Package could have been Chandler, Mudiay, Barton, Hernangomez, Faried and 2 1st round picks for Paul George, Rodney Stuckey, Lavoy Allen, Rakeem Christmas, and 2 2nd round picks

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