With the NBA trade deadline drawing to a close in February, there have been NBA trade rumors that Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George is going to be traded. Are we going to see George in a purple-and-gold uniform soon?
Not so fast. The 26-year-old Pacer have always been a fan favorite, having been voted three times to the NBA All-Star. Just recently, he won the Olympic gold medal with the US Basketball Team. George is a huge asset to any team he would decide to render his services to.
NBA trade rumors: Lakers trading for George
After Kobe Bryant’s retirement last season, many were waiting for the Lakers’ next move. After all, they have been spoiled rotten to have an NBA legend in their midst for two decades. Since then, NBA trade rumors were rife that the organization is looking to hire the services of another star.
Enter Paul George. Currently, he is averaging 20.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists for the Pacers, and they are within the top eight seed of the Eastern Conference. It is possible that the Pacers will be a contender in the playoffs next year.
Reportedly, the Lakers offered the Pacers for George’s rights. In return, they are willing to give up D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. They are also willing to trade their future lottery picks to the Pacers.
Many believed the Pacers would approve the deal since they can rebuild around Russell, Ingram, and any future lottery picks. The Pacers, however, reportedly practiced their “right of first refusal.”
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NBA trade rumors: Pacers not willing to give up George
It is really surprising that the Pacers did not want to trade George? He is an undeniable asset to Indiana. The fans have always been supportive of him even though he once suffered a massive injury that sidelined him.
Even before the start of the 2016-2017 season, NBA trade rumors already pointed out to George’s possible move to the Celtics and even to the Pistons. Luckily for Indiana fans, Detroit Pistons already denied the rumors and said they had no interest in trading for George.