Could Paul George end up with the Cleveland Cavaliers? That is a possibility that the Cavs hope will happen soon. Cleveland’s LeBron James wants a strong team around him, and the Indiana Pacer fits that bill. So the Cavaliers are eyeing George very closely.
Cleveland might be speaking with more than words very soon, instead, with action. They like what they see out of George, and there are not many teams that could blame them. It appears that the Cavaliers are willing to explore the idea of a trade to strengthen their team, similar to what Golden State did when they added Kevin Durant.
However, Cleveland might want George bad enough to give up one of their star players. Kevin Love’s days with the Cavaliers may come to an end to make room for George. There is a chance he will not be wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey next season or playing alongside James. There have been three-way trade talks involving Love, according to ESPN.
There were discussions of a three-way trade leading up to the NBA Draft. That deal would bring George in from the Pacers, and send Kevin Love off. The Denver Nuggets could be involved as well. They were brought in for discussion regarding draft picks.
On Thursday night the three teams could not reach terms. It was suspected to be their first attempt. There could be another attempt over the off-season. Cleveland is not expected to abandon their trade pursuit of George. Ideally, adding George to the roster with both James and Love would make for a formidable team, but Love’s salary may be a factor in why he would have to go.
If they are willing to put up Kevin Love for grabs, Cleveland is serious in getting George. They are not a team known to go to extremes like that very often. They see something in George. He is a great shooter, defending, with towering height, and he is coming off a good season.
Last year he averaged 23 points per game, which was up from his career average of 18 a game. Playing alongside James, he could make a great fit with the Cavaliers. Last season was a solid run for the Cavaliers, but there was something missing for them.
After finishing off the year as the second place team of the Eastern Conference, just behind the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers advanced to the postseason. They maneuvered through the first three rounds easily.
When it came to the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were in a similar position compared to their previous two seasons. They were playing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for their third consecutive season. In their 15-16 campaign, the Cavaliers won the title, in 14-15, Golden State won.
Heading into the finals, the Warriors were undefeated, going 12-0. They would not have a perfect postseason, with thanks for the Cavaliers. Cleveland managed to defeat them on one occasion. Defeating the Warriors once was far from enough to win the title.
In Game 5 the Cavaliers had their season come to an end. Golden State defeated them 129-120. Cleveland seemed to be short one All-Star presence, and George could fill in that void for them.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod