Cleveland Cavaliers Interested In Paul George Even As A Rental

On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers finally pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that saw them trade away point guard D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets. But ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports teams weren't interested because they figured the Lakers would draft Ball at No. 2 overall, which would diminish his value.

The move doesn't come as a surprise, as it's been rumored for months that George would like to play either for a contender or his hometown Lakers.

Aldridge notes Los Angeles would have used one of those selections - as well as the Nos.

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly willing to offer a package of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and the No. 28 pick in Thursday's Draft in exchange for Indiana Pacers star Paul George.

While McMenamin reports that it would be "hard" for the Cavs to deal anything significant for a one-year rental of George, the Cavs also believe that the one year of championship contention could be enough to convince George to re-sign with them in 2018.

After Beal inked a 5-year deal worth $127 million last offseason, it's nearly certain the Wizards wouldn't deal Beal.

George, who grew up in Palmdale and idolized former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, offers several qualities that would make his purple and gold uniform glitter.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the All-Star forward has told the Pacers that he plans on leaving the franchise in 2018, and he prefers the Lakers.

The Lakers have some leverage here - George has expressed his desire to join them when his current deal expires after next season. He's now making a serious bid in bringing him on board this summer with a multi-million contract extension in the offing.

Trading George would be in the best interest of the Pacers.

With George being upfront, the Pacers are left with a decision.

The Pacers and Lakers are engaged in trade discussions for George, according to ESPN.

Aside from George and LeBron, Magic and the Lakers can also set their sights on Russell Westbrook, if he doesn't re-up with Oklahoma City this summer, and DeMarcus Cousins, who is reportedly eyeing the Lakers according to his agent Jarrinn Akana.

Gasol averaged a career-low 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 64 games (39 starts) in his first season with the Spurs last season. He also spent several years under Bird in IN, which gives him the familiarity of the roster and George to make an informed decision.

  • Julie Sanders