The San Antonio Spurs reportedly went after Paul George during the 2017 NBA Draft.
It all started with Paul George telling the Indiana Pacers he’ll likely leave after the 2018 season. That opened the door for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and even the San Antonio Spurs, to get into the mix for George’s services as a one-year rental.
Well, amidst the continued speculation around George, there’s a new report from ESPN.com, which profiled who pursued him during the 2017 NBA Draft. Via Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, the said the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics and Houston Rockets targeted George “aggressively” for a trade last week. This was while the Cavaliers did the same, except they’re working on a three-team deal now.
This report goes along with what Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported on June 22. He called the “serious players” for George:
League sources peg Portland and San Antonio as the newest serious players in the Paul George race. Spurs said to have a real shot at him.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 22, 2017
The four-time All-Star as a Spur, is an intriguing scenario. He would work as a dominant one-two punch with Kawhi Leonard at the wing positions, giving San Antonio tw0 MVP-caliber talents.
George is someone the team would need to tinker the roster for, given the $19 million owed and the talent required to acquire someone like him. The same goes for a potential Chris Paul signing or any other big name the Spurs pluck in free agency or on the trade market.
A deal for George may have to include one or two first-round picks, something San Antonio rarely moves in trades to get out of a future NBA Draft. The same goes for trading younger talents, who have usually been allowed to develop under Gregg Popovich. Would that mean Dejounte Murray gets shipped to Indiana? How about Derrick White, who just got selected at No. 29 overall?
Either way, it seems like George will get moved this offseason, if the Pacers don’t want to risk losing him in 2018, without receiving anything in return. Where will he go to?