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Paul George Leaving LA? The NBA Trade Machine Says It’s Possible
If it’s up to Paul George, he’s staying put.
After watching PG13 lay a complete egg in game 7 versus the Nuggets in the playoffs, Lawrence Frank and Jerry West might have other ideas.
Maybe Paul needs more time to gel with Kawhi Leonard, but time is a valuable asset in the National Basketball Association. Perhaps it’s a bit premature to think the Clips would consider shipping George out of town, but the NBA trade machine lets us toy around with the idea.
After a bit of mixing and matching, here are 4 Paul George trades that have the potential to play out.
A Dream Trade With T-Wolves
Jerry West would have to do some heavy persuading, but could feasibly convince Scott Layden that Paul George fits better in Minnesota than Karl-Anthony Towns. The fact of the matter is the Timberwolves have missed the playoffs in four of the five years KAT has been part of the organization, so maybe pulling the trigger isn’t the worst idea.
Landry Shamet is a nice consolation piece in addition to acquiring George, and talk about filling a need in the city of Los Angeles.
Nikola Jokic abused the Clippers bigs in the Western Conference Semis, as it was clear that Montrezl Harrell nor Ivica Zubac were really up to the task.
Basketball fans in Minneapolis haven’t been excited since the days Kevin Garnett was gracing the Target Center. Starting the year with Paul George and whoever they select with the first pick in the draft – now that that’ll give the fans something to embrace.
Giannis Gets the Help He Was Looking For
The Bucks promised to get Giannis Antetokounmpo some serious help in the offseason. Now it’s time for the Milwaukee owners to step up to the plate.
ESPN Sources: MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's 3-hour lunch with Bucks co-owner/governor Marc Lasry on Friday covered the season, how Bucks can improve roster, Lasry confirming willingness to spend into luxury tax and agreement they’ll talk again after Giannis returns from a vacation.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 14, 2020
The Greek Freak and Khris Middleton have been an exceptional regular-season “1-2 punch”, but for whatever reason, the duo hasn’t been able to get over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
Maybe Paul George is the answer in Milwaukee – maybe he’s not.
But trading for him now would at least show Giannis that the Bucks franchise is ready to put their money where their mouth is.
As for anyone who thinks this trade would be a downgrade for the Clippers, NBA expert John Hollinger thinks this it’s a perfectly even transaction. I actually think Milwaukee gets the short end of the stick.
LA and Portland Swap Shooting Guards
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum can only take the Trail Blazers so far in the West. Even if they retain Carmelo Anthony and figure out how to bring back Hassan Whiteside, there’s just not enough firepower to go all the way.
But imagine the following starting lineup next year in Portland.
- PG – Damian Lillard
- SG – Paul George
- SF – Carmelo Anthony
- PF – Jusuf Nurkic
- C – Hassan Whiteside
Now that’s a group that has the capabilities to shake up the Western Conference.
On the flip side, this is a move that could very well intrigue Jerry West. LA gave up an arm and a leg to nab George in the first place, so being able to salvage both CJ McCollum and Zach Collins would have to at least be entertained.
It’s evident the Clippers could use another big body in the post, and McCollum could continue thriving playing alongside Kawhi.
This has the makings of being a “win-win” for both sides.
Joel Embiid Arrives In La La Land
Talk about a Paul George trade that would set the Clips back on a path toward an NBA Championship, this move is the equivalent of rolling out the red carpet.
I’ve exhausted the topic that Los Angeles could use a viable center, and they don’t get much more viable than the big man in Philadelphia. With the 76ers in the midst of bringing in a new coach, there may not be a better time to initiate a blockbuster deal.
Like it or not, the tandem of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid hasn’t been able to flourish as Elton Brand would have hoped for. Is it possible that it’s because their skillsets have trouble meshing together?
Adding a perimeter threat like PG13 would help space the floor – thus allowing Simmons to operate under less pressure.
If trading George alone isn’t enough to sway the Sixers, the Clips could sweeten the deal by tossing in Landry Shamet. Maybe that’ll be enough to get Brand to perk up.