Knicks May Pursue Paul George Trade

The Knicks are a team to watch as a potential trade suitor for Clippers All-Star forward Paul George this summer, a “trusted source” tells Marc Stein (Substack link).

George, who has yet to reach an extension agreement with L.A., holds a $48.8MM player option for the 2024/25 season. New York doesn’t have the cap room necessary to sign him if he opts out to become a free agent, and wouldn’t be able to acquire him via sign-and-trade, but could trade for him if he were to pick up his option. Stein notes, however, that George’s preference remains staying with the Clippers.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has also repeatedly mentioned the idea of an opt-in-and-trade scenario involving George and the Knicks during recent TV segments.

Anchored by All-NBA point guard Jalen Brunson and All-Star power forward Julius Randle, the Knicks rode a scrappy, gritty group to a 50-32 record and the conference’s No. 2 seed. The team struggled through a series of injuries to critical contributors during the playoffs, eventually falling to the sixth-seeded Pacers in a seven-game semifinal series.

Across 74 contests in 2023/24 for the 51-31 Clippers last season, George averaged 22.6 points on .471/.413/.907 shooting splits. He also chipped in 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks a night.

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