The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Portland Trail Blazers have entered into trade talks for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George.
While it is reported that just about every team in the NBA have an interest in trading for Paul George, three more teams are now in serious discussions with the Indiana Pacers.
According to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves have entered into trade talks with the Pacers while Sam Amico says the Spurs joined in as well. Steve Kyler reports the Portland Trail Blazers are now taking part, too.
Wojnarowski also says that the Timberwolves are talking with the Chicago Bulls in hopes of snagging Butler.
It is hard to know what team can offer the Pacers that tips the scales in their favor as the best thing we’ve heard so far from anyone is the Lakers dangling a young player with the 27th and 28th picks in tonight’s drafts.
The Miller Time Podcast did have one idea what could be in the works, but it is just a guess. Since the Spurs and Phoenix Suns have already been linked in trade talks, they could help each other out in facilitating a trade for George to San Antonio.
Minnesota could offer the 7th pick if they are that anxious to kickstart things in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, with the Paul George rental situation, that seems unlikely.
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It is a point we keep hitting on in all of these Paul George trade updates, but any news like this is a good thing for Kevin Pritchard and the Indiana Pacers. PG’s trade value was nerfed when the news leaked of his intentions to go to the Los Angeles Lakers, but a market for him could force the Lakers’ hand, or compel another team to make a stronger offer in hopes of netting George.
At worst, it looks like the Pacers will end up settling for late first round picks, but this news could push the price a little higher.
While the Pacers said they are in no rush to make a trade, this news makes it seem like there might be a trade in the works before tonight’s draft.