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Lakers, Cavs, Rockets, Celtics, Spurs Pursued Paul George Heading To Draft

Jun 25, 2017 8:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs were among the teams that pursued a trade for Paul George aggressively leading up to the draft.

The Rockets and Lakers remain determined to keep pushing for a George trade, while the Cavaliers also are attempting to construct three-way scenarios involving Kevin Love.

The Celtics are expected to revisit discussions for Paul if they're able to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. 

The Cavaliers believe trading for George could convince him to abandon his plan to join the Lakers in 2018.

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Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love

Jun 25, 2017 7:47 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have discussed a three-team trade involving Paul George and Kevin Love.

In the discussed trade scenario, George would end up with the Cavaliers while Love would go to the Nuggets. 

While George would like to end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers could risk trading for George due to the unique nature of competing for a title playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers would like to improve their team this offseason and be better suited to play against the Warriors, which George would do instead of Love.

One version of the three-team would trade would have Kenneth Faried going to the Cavaliers. The Nuggets have made upgrading the power forward position one of their priorities this offseason.

Denver made Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray off limits in trade talks.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George's R&E Would Be $94M Over Three Years, Expires When Eligible For 35 Percent Max

Jun 23, 2017 9:45 PM

In following up on a report that the Boston Celtics could do an extend-and-trade agreement with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers if they manage to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency, Albert Nahmad explained why the scenario makes financial sense.

Under that scenario, George would increase his 17-18 salary from $19.5 million to the $29.7 million maximum and then extend for two additional years, which would mean $94 million over three years.

If George were to wait for six months after the trade, he could extend for four years at $169 million. But Boston would be required to keep the cap space necessary to increase George's salary to the max, which is $10.2 million.

On the renegotiation and extension deal, George would add $74 million over just two seasons and he would be instantly eligible for a 10-year veteran max at 35 percent in the 2020 offseason when he will have turned 30 that May.

While George has preferred to join the Los Angeles Lakers, he can compete for a title with the Celtics while having a financial incentive in both the short-term and long-term. If the Lakers don't trade for George, they can only offer him a four-year deal in 2018 with five percent raises.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent

Jun 23, 2017 8:40 PM

The Chicago Bulls remain undecided on whether to retain Rajon Rondo at his $13.4 million salary or waive him for his $3 million guarantee before June 30th.

Chicago values Rondo for his ability still, as well as his mentoring ability, but the Bulls will need to find minutes for Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne next season.

Sources say the Bulls are considering waiving Rondo before trying to re-sign him at a lower salary.

Rondo is expected to draw interest from the New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics Could Trade For Paul George If Agreement Reached With Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2017 12:21 PM

The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers continue to discuss a Paul George trade but it is reportedly contingent on signing Gordon Hayward in free agency.

According to sources, the Celtics are in position to trade for George with a three-year extension in place. George would lose money, however, on an extend-and-trade as opposed to the raises he could receive simply becoming a free agent in 2018.

The Celtics passed on trading for Jimmy Butler at the draft and were instead focused on scenarios for George.

George has long preferred to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, but it is possible the Celtics could make a trade for him with a commitment in the long-term.

George and Hayward were both members of the 2010 draft class and there was a report in March that indicated George wanted to play with Hayward, who is from Indiana.

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Tags: Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers: We're Not Going To Make Bad Paul George Trade

Jun 23, 2017 12:12 AM

The Indiana Pacers were unable to trade away Paul George on draft night and talks can linger into the start of free agency.

George has said he plans on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 if he's not traded to the team before then.

"I'm confident we'll get something," said Pritchard about trade talks. "A lot of things still ongoing. We're not going to make a bad deal."

Pritchard described George's decision to not re-sign in 2018 as "a gut punch. We had many conversations over the summer about players we’d like to add."

Nate Taylor/Indy Star

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Celtics, Pacers Engage More Seriously On Paul George Trade

Jun 22, 2017 8:02 PM

With Jimmy Butler being moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves, talks between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers on Paul George have become more serious.

Boston selected Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who would presumably be moved to Indiana if a George deal is consummated.

George prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

10:54 PM Update: A couple of rival teams expected the Celtics to reach a deal with Indiana on a trade. There's not an expectation the Pacers completing a George trade on draft night.

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Tags: Paul George, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rockets Continue To Pursue Trade For Paul George

Jun 22, 2017 6:54 PM

The Houston Rockets are in pursuit of a trade for Paul George.

The Indiana Pacers would like to trade George as he enters the final season of his contract.

George would prefer a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Rockets could attempt to convince him to re-sign with their team or flip him before the trade deadline.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest

Jun 22, 2017 11:52 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

Cleveland was attempting to recruit a third team to take on Kevin Love to send the type of rebuilding assets the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls seek.

"Nope. Not happening," said Brian Windhorst. "The Cavs were not generating enough trade interest in Kevin Love."

The Cavaliers acquired Love in 2014 in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Cleveland then re-signed Love on a five-year, $110 million contract in 2015. Love has been the least valuable part of the Cavaliers' Big 3 and there are long-term concerns about his deficiencies on defense and his injury history.

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Tags: Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Paul George Wanted To Save Pacers From Oklahoma City's Fate Losing Kevin Durant

Jun 21, 2017 3:14 PM

The Indiana Pacers could wait through the summer and potentially into training camp before agreeing upon a Paul George trade.

George informed Kevin Pritchard that he intends to leave the Pacers as a free agent in 2018. George ultimately respects Pritchard, Larry Bird and Nate McMillan. 

Another reason George was transparent with Pritchard is that he wasn't comfortable putting the Pacers in a similar situation as what happened with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The difference, however, was the Thunder were one win away from The Finals in Durant's final season and wasn't settled on leaving for the Golden State Warriors until the summer.

George would be comfortable playing out the final season of his contract with the Pacers if no trade is made.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pacers Receiving Interest On Paul George From Teams Who Could Flip Him Later
The Pacers have received "a lot of action" on Paul George despite it initially appearing they'd have no leverage.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Continue To Seek No. 2 Pick From Lakers For Paul George
The Lakers are offering Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, as well as picks No. 27 and No. 28 in Thursday's draft for Paul George.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers, Pacers Begin To Discuss Paul George Trade
George has been clear that he intends to sign with the Lakers if he reached free agency in 2018.

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Pacers Tried To Engage Warriors, Cavaliers In Bidding War For Paul George
Kevin Pritchard reportedly suggested to both the Warriors and Cavaliers that the other was interested in trading for Paul George.

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Cavs Found Lottery Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love, Possibly From Suns
The Suns may have been the team ready to trade for Kevin Love.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers Unlikely To Offer Pacers More Than Clarkson, Randle, 28th For Paul George
The Pacers "aren't looking to take care of Paul George with this."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Had Interest In Jrue Holiday, Danilo Gallinari
Kevin Pritchard was attempting to clear cap space to pursue free agents.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Pacers Considering Using Lance Stephenson As Point Guard During Rebuild
Lance Stephenson has lost more than 10 pounds since the end of the season.

Gregg Doyel/Indianapolis Star

Pacers Discuss Paul George Trade With Multiple Teams Including Cavs
With Paul George preferring to sign with the Lakers, teams are viewing him as a "one-year rental."

Adrian Wojnarowski/the Vertical

Lakers Don't Plan On Trading Any Young Assets For Paul George
Paul George is widely expected to sign with the Lakers in free agency.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Paul George Informs Pacers He Intends To Leave In 2018
Paul George hasn't requested a trade but his agent, Aaron Mintz, did deliver the news to Kevin Pritchard.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation
Monta Ellis and Reggie Bullock will serve their suspensions to begin the 17-18 regular season.

RealGM Staff Report

Paul George Expects To Remain With Pacers Next Season
Paul George hasn't spoken with LeBron James and doesn't plan to talk to him this summer either.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Pacers Currently Planning On Keeping Paul George
While Paul George is one season away from free agency, the Pacers currently are planning on not entertaining trade offers for him this offseason.

The Lowe Post

Bucks Interested In Wilcox, Stefanski, Dinwiddie, Karnisovas For GM Job
The Bucks have been granted permission to interview several front office candidates as they look to fill their general manager vacancy.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George
In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Wolves in 2018 and the Cavaliers in 2019.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Lakers Confident Of Signing Paul George In 2018
The Lakers have been advised not to give up assets to trade for Paul George ahead of his free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Paul George Only Talked Scenarios Of Staying With Pacers During Exit Meeting
The future of Paul George with the Pacers remains uncertain but new chief decision-maker Kevin Pritchard seemed to suggest he wants to remain with the franchise.

RealGM Staff Report

Pacers Announce Larry Bird's Departure, Elevation Of Kevin Pritchard
Larry Bird said his departure is not health related and that he wants to do things beyond basketball.

RealGM Staff Report

Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers
Larry Bird will step down as president of the Indiana Pacers with Kevin Pritchard taking over basketball operations.

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