Sport The Cavaliers need to trade for Paul George right now

15:40  19 june  2017
15:40  19 june  2017 Source:   For The Win

Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer'

  Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer' With rumors swirling that Paul George was going to leave the Pacers, he reaffirmed that he will be staying in Indianapolis — for now. When the Pacers star was asked if he was going to remain with the team his answer was simple. "I’m under contract as a Pacer," George said, via the IndyStar. "That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here. I’m a Pacer."Key words: "Under contract."George, who is set to make $19.5 million next season before a player option in 2018, also denied the rampant rumors he is being courted by other teams, especially by the Lakers."They’re all crazy, but they’re all expected," George said.

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To do that, they’re going to need to make a trade . Paul George is worth it. If the Cavs want to win a title, ultimately, they have to be able to match up against the Warriors. And part of the reason they can’t right now is that the Dubs are just longer and more versatile.

According to reports, the Indiana Pacers now know what seemed inevitable a month ago: That Paul George is done with them after this year and wants to play for hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

This presents a huge problem for Indiana. From USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt:

Now, the Pacers must make a decision: try to trade him for some assets or let him walk with nothing in return. The former is difficult. No team, including the Lakers, will give up much for George knowing he is intent on joining the Lakers. The best-case scenario for Indiana is getting something from the Lakers, who want to make sure they get George instead of waiting for free agency.

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Thus, the smartest way to give the Cavaliers a chance to compete against Golden State in the Finals is via trade . Cleveland needs another wing that can create his own shot, make plays for others and They might have the leverage and ability to flip Kevin Love for Paul George now . Load Comments.

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But that doesn't make a ton of sense for the Lakers. If George does want to go back to Cali, Magic Johnson can just sit back and wait to sign him. And what NBA team wants to trade a ton of assets for a star player who's likely going to bolt after a year?

There's an easy answer, and there are reports that they're chatting with the Pacers' front office: The Cleveland Cavaliers.

If the Cavs stick with the roster they have, they know they'll fall short to the Golden State Warriors again … and there's always the possibility the Boston Celtics upgrade their roster too before next season. Acquiring George would be the perfect move - he'd improve the Cavs' defense and would give them an even bigger name than Kevin Love (more on him in a second) on the roster.

Report: Lakers talking Paul George trade with Pacers

  Report: Lakers talking Paul George trade with Pacers The Los Angeles Lakers are the heavy favorite to land Paul George if and when the All-Star swingman hits free agency next summer, but that may not stop the team from trying to acquire him sooner. Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN are reporting that the Lakers have engaged the Indiana Pacers in trade talks involving George leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Paul George is worth it. If the Cavs want to win a title, ultimately, they have to be able to match up against the Warriors. And part of the reason they can’t right now is that the Dubs are just longer and more versatile. If the Cavaliers were to trade Kyrie to the Pacers, I postulate that George , LeBron

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So what's the ideal deal? It's actually easy, and it's been approved on ESPN's Trade Machine: Love for George.

The Pacers get the best possible value they can find for their departing star, and the Cavs get to fight the Warriors' fire with fire by acquiring George. And maybe, during next season, LeBron James convinces the forward to stick around instead of bolting to L.A., which then potentially keeps James in Cleveland long-term should he be pondering another move after next year.

Even if George doesn't stay, it's the Cavaliers' best shot at a ring in 2017-18. It's the perfect plan, especially when James isn't getting any younger and the Warriors aren't getting any less talented.

Indiana might balk at the idea of trading George for someone under contract through 2019-20, but it's better than the alternative: Losing their superstar for nothing.

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Kevin Love was offered to the Nuggets to help get Paul George to the Cavaliers.

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