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REPORT: Pacers Reached Out To Cavs About Paul George Trade

Paul George has revealed his intentions to leave the Pacers next season and joins the Lakers. Indiana is now expected to trade the All-Star forward away before losing him for nothing next summer. There is reportedly a “rental market” available when it comes to a George trade, meaning there are teams out there that will trade for George, knowing that there is a strong chance he will leave them for the Lakers in free agency anyways. Via Yahoo Sports:

In the past 24 hours, Pritchard has become more aggressive in pursuing trades for George, league sources told The Vertical. Pritchard has yet to show an inclination to engage the Lakers, but has discussed deals with several teams – including Cleveland – in which the expectation of teams would be that George is a “one-year rental.” The Cavaliers are devoid of the kind of young players and future picks that Indiana might want in return for George, and George has never mentioned the Cavaliers as an intriguing destination.

It is unclear how robust offers to Indiana will ultimately be, given that teams believe he will sign with the Lakers next summer. So far, Indiana is asking for a substantial package of talent and draft picks for George, league sources said. Discussions could extend until Thursday’s NBA draft – or beyond.

George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him.

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