Trading For Paul George Isn't A Good Idea For NBA Teams

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The Boston Celtics reportedly expressed interest in George leading up to the deadline, but the Hawks perhaps made the strongest push.

One of those offers, as recently reported by the Inquisitr, included a huge proposal of four first-round picks made by the Atlanta Hawks.

After the Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, Russell, according to several reports, became expendable since the Purple & Gold is expected to select point guard Lonzo Ball at next month's NBA Draft. The 27-year-old is coming off a year with 23.7 points per game, 3.3 assists per game and 6.6 rebounds per game for a team who exited in the first round of the playoffs in a sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the past, a player signing a maximum-level contract with a new team left an extra year of guaranteed money on the table, along with taking a slight hit on an annual basis. They'll make a combined $72 million this season.

In Los Angeles, there's always an irrational belief that every free agent who has ever walked on this earth wants to join Lakers Nation. Expectedly, the team struggled with chemistry. Boston is considered one possible landing spot for George.

Maybe they pull in the Thunder or another of the 28 National Basketball Association teams.

And even though Indiana's leverage will drop as George gets closer to free agency, Miami has the 14 pick in this year's draft and then can not trade another first rounder until 2023 because of already having dealt its 2018 and 2021 picks.

If he does not qualify, the Pacers could still sign him for another five years (on top of the 2017-18 season) averaging around $35 million per year. So it's possible that the voting had a $70-million impact on the size of his next contract, though some of that would presumably be recouped in the first year of his next deal (the last year of what would have been a five-year extension). I don't believe so - not unless they attempt to surround him with other pieces. The Lakers don't have give up assets to go and try to trade for him. If that's the case, and his decision comes down to the Pacers and Lakers, it would be best to stay where he is now. The new Lakers front office, led by Magic Johnson, is hoping to add a superstar to the roster ahead of next year's All-Star game in Los Angeles. The East may be LeBron James' conference, but at least the Pacers already have a squad that can compete with a majority of the other teams.

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