Paul George may not be an ideal candidate to join the San Antonio Spurs, but some fans are still hopeful.
The San Antonio Spurs will potentially have a busy offseason, starting with the 2017 NBA Draft. However, since they’re picking all the way at No. 29, the focus may be on free agency, which kicks off at the beginning of July.
Chris Paul may be a big name on the move, but as of Sunday, another name got to this short list: Paul George. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that George informed the Indiana Pacers of his likely departure after the 2017-18 season, when the former Fresno State star becomes a free agent.
If the Pacers keep George and let him go next offseason, they wouldn’t receive anything back for him. So the organization is already taking calls on him, according to Wojnarowski.
Sources: Indiana's Kevin Pritchard engaging teams on trading Paul George, but so far, not Lakers. There's a rental market, but how robust? https://t.co/oM9XrATMr9
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
No interested teams are mentioned above (except the Los Angeles Lakers not being involved). That should change in the coming hours and days, so speculation will fly around.
Spurs fans reacted to this news, with some thinking George could join the organization via trade. What did they have to say on TwitteR?
Paul George signing with the Spurs
— yhwh (@gregcantmiss) June 18, 2017
Paul George is getting traded this summer, question is where? Boston? Cleveland? What about, the Spurs ?
— Victory Screech ? (@Proxy_Tank) June 18, 2017
Paul George To The Lakers Is A Bad Move The Spurs Are Only Contenders That Can Possibly Beat Warriors
— Deshaun Smith (@TheKingSmitty1) June 18, 2017
Paul George your a disgrace. "I want togo to the lakers". Good luck losing to the warriors and spurs every year.
— Nathan Alan (@WeaverAchiever) June 18, 2017
Paul George is the only player in FA besides CP3 that i would like to see join the @spurs. Because TP9 injury is rough and we need backup.
— Rawkstarr (@i_am_Rawkstarr) June 18, 2017
Can you trade George Hill for Paul George too? @spurs
— Nick Ruiz (@TheNickRuiz) June 18, 2017
Paul George to the Spurs for LaMarcus Aldridge would be very interesting
— TbSayz (@TbSayz) June 18, 2017
I wanna see Paul George go to the Spurs. That would stir up the west.
— ToYA ♎️ (@SunnyToya) June 18, 2017
The Spurs working a potential trade for George would be interesting. They don’t have multiple big-name assets that stand out, unlike the Boston Celtics or Lakers. However, it could be a different situation, with PG13 under a one-year deal.
The most likely scenario, for San Antonio, would be if LaMarcus Aldridge gets involved. He’s on the wrong side of 30, though, and is owed over $20 million in 2017-18. There’s a player option for 2018-19, too. Would Indiana have interest in Aldridge?
Outside of Aldridge, picks and maybe Dejounte Murray could be involved in a trade. Given this, the Spurs would have a better chance of waiting until the 2018 offseason.
Does George to the Spurs make any sense? Where will he end up?