Paul George's trade value isn't what it was in February, but even at thirty or forty cents on the dollar, the Pacers should net a little bit of a return on the All-Star forward. Several teams have been linked to the Pacers in a potential George trade, and here's a brief synopsis of what they could offer:
Lakers: It's very unlikely that L.A. would part with the 2nd overall pick, but they do have other assets to offer. Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson have been the two names mentioned the most, perhaps even the disappointing D'Angelo Russell, along with the 28th overall pick. L.A. is also looking to acquire another Lottery pick to pair with #2, which could either be available in trade or make the #28 more expendable.
Blazers: Portland has a lot of wiggle room with three first round picks, although all three are out of the Lottery: 15th, 20th, and 26th overall. They have an exciting young duo in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and could be interested in getting into the "super team" mix with the addition of PG.
Cavaliers: Cleveland has the least assets (young players, picks) of any team on this list, but could dangle Kevin Love straight-up or as part of a three-way trade that would net the Pacers something. Sam Amico told us yesterday that the best bet for a Cavs-Pacers swap is to recruit a third, or even a fourth, team to the table (Phoenix? Sacramento? San Antonio?)
Celtics: I don't think I can even list all of Boston's future picks, but they seemingly have an unlimited number. Marcus Smart is entering the final year of his deal and has been linked to trades, as has Jae Crowder, who is under team control for the next several seasons at a decent price (around $7M/per).
Rockets: Houston doesn't have 2017 picks to offer, but they do have enticing young talents like 23-year old Clint Capela, who could be the centerpiece of a George trade. Eric Gordon is coming off a terrific comeback year (stayed healthy for 75 games!) and is locked up through 2020. They could attach another player or two to make it all work.
The Ringer also has a deeper look here:
Our best offers for Paul George. Should he go to Boston? Houston? Golden State?? https://t.co/hVLvB6L3nI— The Ringer (@ringer) June 19, 2017