Many NBA rumors are swirling ever since the end of the regular season and more came after a majority of the teams in the playoffs were eliminated. According to the latest rumors, the Denver Nuggets may be acquiring Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.
PG13 was first involved in trade speculations when Bill Simmons of The Ringer reported that Los Angeles Lakers are making a conscious effort to acquire the Pacers superstar by offering their top pick in the draft. This same rumor was then fueled when Frank Vogel was not re-signed as head coach and Pacers president was reportedly unhappy with the team roster.
Also hearing that the Lakers want to make a BIG run at Paul George with their top-3 pick plus other stuff. (Not that they’d get him…)
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 4, 2016
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Dave Favale of Bleacher Report floated around a trade idea involving George going to the Nuggets. He suggested that Denver trade Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, Jusuf Nurkic, the seventh and 15th pick in this year’s draft, and the Memphis Grizzlies’ top-five protected 2017 first round pick for the Pacers’ three-time All-Star.
The trade scenario is plausible but it would be dumb for the Pacers to accept a deal not involving either Emmanuel Mudiay or Nikola Jokic. Even so, Barton had a good season and he found his perfect role as a sixth man while Chandler battled hip injuries last year.
On the other hand, the first round picks are not that bad, but only a top two selection may get Indiana’s attention as Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the only prospects with superstar potentials. The Lakers will have a better chance of acquiring George than the Nuggets.
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Nonetheless, these are all just speculations and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders revealed that the Pacers are only dealing George for Kevin Durant. However, expect many more rumors this summer as teams look to improve their roster for next season.
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