With the news Paul George plans to leave the Pacers next offseason via free agency, rumors of Indiana trading him have been heating up. Teams like the Celtics and Cavs have already been linked. According to a new report, don't count out the Wizards.
Here is what David Aldridge wrote on NBA.com Monday morning:
"The Wizards are looking for a way to make a George deal happen. They don’t have a player of [Kevin] Love’s caliber to put in a deal; they’re not moving Bradley Beal after the 23-year-old just had his best NBA season. Playing alongside Washington’s backcourt of Beal and John Wall, after all, would be the selling point for George in D.C."
Aldridge went on to say that Otto Porter could be a trade chip, but he would have to agree to a sign-and-trade and that would require him taking less money thanks to the new CBA. If the Wizards do not trade Beal, then Porter and others like Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre, Jr. will likely come up in talks.
Trading for George does have an inherent risk given he can opt out of his deal next summer and has indicated he wants to join the Lakers. Any team that trades for him would probably want a guarantee he will re-sign. But a trio of George, Wall and Beal would rank up there with the best in the NBA. That could make them favorites in the East.