NBA Rumors: Paul George trade inevitable after Cavs sweep Pacers; Joining Lakers or Celtics next season?

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PHOTOGRAPH: joshuak8/Flickr | Paul George of the Indiana Pacers

Paul George trade rumors are expected to circulate once again after the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Indiana Pacers in the first round. With George not guaranteeing to sign a contract extension, Pacers president Larry Bird may decide to trade him in the offseason. Should the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics be interested?

Before the February deadline, Paul George has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors. However, Pacers president Larry Bird decided to keep him and made it clear that they have no intention of trading their superstar. However, convincing George to stay in Indiana would be a tough task, especially after the Pacers suffer an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017.

Paul George trade: PG-13 blames himself for Pacers’ loss in Game 4

George has been impressive in the first three games of their first-round matchup against the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, he failed to make a huge impact on the offensive end in Game 4. In 43 minutes on the court, George only finished with 15 points on 23.8 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

“I could have done better,” George said of the game, and the season – and stopping well short of giving the Pacers any sort of ultimatum. “We want to win. (Cleveland) is the team we have to work toward stacking up against. At some point, if we want to be serious, that’s the team we want to figure out how we can match up with them.”

Paul George trade: PG-13 to discuss Pacers’ future in the exit meeting

With the playoffs over for the Pacers, they are scheduled to have an exit meeting tomorrow. After the game, Cody Taylor of Basketball Insider asked George about free agency and what he’d like to see the Pacers do this summer. The Pacers star refused to give an answer about the 2018 free agency but revealed that he plans to talk about his future in the exit meeting.

George is eligible to sign a massive contract extension this summer. Bird expressed his intention to give him a long-term deal but George isn’t giving any guarantee to the Pacers. As most people think, the outcome of the NBA Playoffs 2017 may affect his decision to stay in Indiana.

In the past months, there are speculations that George plans to join the Los Angeles Lakers once he becomes a free agent in 2018. However, the Pacers will surely want to receive assets in return than letting George walk away in free agency. In the upcoming offseason, the Pacers are expected to make the superstar available on the trade market with the Lakers and the Boston Celtics as possible suitors.

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