June 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Paul George Explains Reason He Requested Trade From Pacers

Jun 23, 2020 12:39 PM

Paul George explained why he left the Indiana Pacers in a Knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles.

George suggests the best power forward in the NBA in 2017 wanted to join the Pacers to play with George.

“I ain’t gon’ say the names, because I’m going to keep their business private, I’ma just say it like this," said George. "I had at the time, the best power forward saying he wanted to come to Indy and team up with me.

“They’re like, ‘we’re a mid-major, we’re a small market, like, we can’t do it, we’re a small market, we can’t afford that.’ I’m like the best power forward wants to come play here, like, y’all can’t make that work? They didn’t want to do it.”

George was disappointed that the Pacers didn't want to make the move that he thought would improve their team.

“So I’m like, now I’m pissed, because it’s like, what am I doing here? You know what I mean? They don’t want to win. I’ve got the best power forward that wants to come play here. Not everybody chooses Indy to come play here.”

George is possibly referring to Blake Griffin or Paul Millsap.

George said he contacted his agent about requesting a trade after that conversation he had with the Indiana front office.

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Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Damian Lillard Thought He Would Be Traded To Knicks 'A Few Years Ago'

Jun 11, 2020 1:46 PM

Damian Lillard revealed in an interview with Lisa Robinson of Vanity Fair that he thought he might get traded to the New York Knicks

Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million supermax contract with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2019 offseason. 

"I thought I was headed there a few years ago; I was hearing trade rumors," said Lillard of the Knicks. "The Garden is my favorite place to play."

Lisa Robinson/Vanity Fair

Tags: Damian Lillard, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor