Clippers Express Interest In Paul George

The Clippers have expressed interest in Paul George, reports Sean Deveney of The Sporting News. For Los Angeles to be a serious contender in the George sweepstakes, the Pacers would likely have to be willing to wait until July to finalize a trade.

As Deveney writes, the Clippers’ best chance to make a trade involving a highly-paid player like George would involve signing-and-trading one of their top free agents. While Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will be among those free agents, the Clips’ dream scenario would likely be using another UFA, J.J. Redick, in a sign-and-trade, then forming a Big Four with Paul, Griffin, George, and DeAndre Jordan.

That scenario is probably a long shot, since the Clippers don’t have first-round picks in 2017 or 2019, and acquiring Redick on an expensive new deal may not appeal to Indiana. But if any team besides the Lakers should feel confident in its ability to lock up George beyond 2018, the Clippers might might be that team, given their ability to get PG13 to his preferred city.

Here are several more George rumors or notes, in the wake of Sunday’s report that he plans on leaving the Pacers:

  • The Cavaliers and Pacers have been immersed in trade talks regarding George, league sources tell Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net. According to Amico, Cleveland’s interest in George has been described as “legit,” but pulling off a deal could be “very complicated.”
  • Two NBA sources who spoke to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer (Twitter link) expect the Lakers to get involved in George trade talks if it appears the Cavaliers are moving close to a deal. However, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (Twitter links) is skeptical that the Lakers would move young players like D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle for George, suggesting that Jordan Clarkson is a more likely trade candidate. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers currently appear unwilling to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers.
  • The Rockets are worth keeping an eye on in the George sweepstakes, according to Sean Deveney, who observes that Daryl Morey is generally willing to roll the dice on impact players without getting a long-term commitment.
  • The Heat like George, but – given their lack of tradeable first-round picks – probably don’t have the assets to acquire him, writes Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
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18 thoughts on “Clippers Express Interest In Paul George

  1. Z-A

    Can the Clippers pull that off money wise? They gave a bunch of money to Crawford and Rivers.

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    • Luke Adams

      I’d have to take a closer look at the numbers (a Redick sign-and-trade would complicate things since he’d count for different incoming and outgoing amounts), but I think it might make sense for one of those two guys (likely Rivers) to be included in their offer as well.

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  2. acarneglia

    One of Paul or Griffin will have to be gone then or can’t resign JJ and have to trade Rivers/Crawford

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  3. KnicksCavsFan

    One of the most important factors that has to be kept in mind is that in any trade the salaries coming and going have to match. That means some combination has to equal to PG’s current salary.

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    • Grant

      Not if they have cap space which they do if they renounce a FA. Probably Redick maybe Griffin. A Paul, George, Jordan big 3 is a lot better than paul, Jordan, Anthony/Griffin. George can play defense so they can go for more offensive weapons with their role players.

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  4. socalbum

    Lakers want George, 3 way trade: Lakers get George and Demetrius Jackson; Celtics get Ingram; Pacers get 2017 picks 2 and 3, and Jordan Clarkson.

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      • socalbum

        Well, he is good and Ainge was/is very high on him. A better all around player than any SF in this year’s draft; he and Brown will be interchangeable at the 3 and 4.

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        • Connorsoxfan

          I think Boston would want Ingram and a big like Nance as well, but that’s intriguing.

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          • socalbum

            Forgot about Nance, very good point; but, C’s would likely have to send another player like Nader.

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    • ecampos84

      Ingram is not being traded. Magic just reiterated that again just a few days ago

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      • socalbum

        That was before Pacers started shopping George. Obviously I am just guessing, but would not be surprised if Lakers are concerned that George go with another team (Celtics for example) and decides to stay there for championships and money rather than go to Lakers in 2018.

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    • frankgrimes

      Why would they pull Boston in at this point PG’s trade value is so low they would take Ingram straight up for him. The lakers should offer more than Clarkson and the 28th pick.

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    • KnicksCavsFan

      Why would Blake want to go to Indiana? I would think he wants his money and a chance to win too.

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