Pacers nearly traded Paul George to the Cleveland Cavaliers, says Wojnarowski
Dakota Crawford – Indianapolis Star
Will this be the last time ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski mentions a one-time possible Paul George trade? Who knows.
We've heard about the Indiana Pacers trying to trade George to the Golden State Warriors for Klay Thompson and other deals reportedly discussed across the league. They're starting to get boring, but this one has some novelty still.
Apparently the Pacers were incredibly close to dealing George to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," Wojnarowski said on ESPN's "The Jump."
"Indiana backed out of it," he continued, "and did the Oklahoma City deal.”
This one might have been better for George, as far as ultimately playing for an NBA Championship goes. It's possible if not likely that the Cavaliers will represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals again next year.
With George alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James they'd almost certainly be favorites. This trade nugget comes after USA Today reported that James is upset with the Cavaliers efforts to build the roster this offseason.
Wonder what James thinks about missing out on George.