According to Stein, some rival teams believe the organization is giving serious consideration to breaking up the star duo of George and Kawhi Leonard, both of whom have struggled to stay on the court due to injury.
When George was on the court this past season, he posted his usually gaudy numbers — 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. However, George only appeared in 56 regular-season games. He has only played in 141 regular-season games over the past three seasons.
George has two years left on his contract. He’s locked into $45.64MM next season and holds a $48.8MM option for the 2024/25 season, when he’ll be 34 years old.
Stein identifies the Trail Blazers (as had previously been reported) and Rockets as potential suitors for George, who was acquired by the Clippers in the summer of 2019.
George would give Damian Lillard another All-Star level talent to work with in Portland. The Blazers could package the No. 3 pick with Anfernee Simons, among others, to match salaries in such a trade scenario.
The Rockets, who seem intent on bringing in some veteran impact players to help their young core, own the No. 4 pick and have the cap space to absorb a huge contract.