Cavaliers may be discussing adding a 4-time All-Star to pair with LeBron James Jason Miller/Getty Image
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Paul George is going to be a hot name this off season. At just 27, he’s in his basketball prime. He’s a four-time All-Star who excels on both ends of the  court.  While his career numbers are more than fine — 18.1 points per game and a 37 percent shooter from beyond the arc — he’s upped his game the last two years, averaging more than 23 ppg. And, he’s hell on defense, being named to the All NBA Defensive first team in 2014 and making the second team twice.

With one year to go before free agency, George, a 6-foot-9, 220 pound small forward, has told his current team, the Indiana Pacers, he has no intention of resigning with them.

So he “prefers” the Lakers, and as a free agent, he can go wherever he wants. The Lakers have little incentive to trade much because they know they’re high on George’s list, and can have him (in a year) for straight cash (albeit a ton if it).

So the Pacers, according to reports, aren’t waiting around. They’re gauging interest to see if a team is willing to “rent” George for a year, thereby giving the Pacers some assets in return. So, look who’s (maybe)  in the mix: reported the Cavs put in a phone call to Indiana, and it sounds like it was more a due diligence call. floated the idea of a Kevin Love for George trade because their salaries are similar (George makes $19.5 million and Love 22.6 million) and the Cavs have trade exemptions that could use to even out the money.


No one knows, yet, how much Indiana will seek for a rental like George, but could he be intrigued with playing with LeBron James for a year? Yes seems  like a reasonable answer. And remember — the report is George “prefers” the Lakers, but lots can change in a year.

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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