The Indiana Pacers started entertaining offers for Paul George, who’s expected to leave once he becomes a free agent in 2018. However, teams are afraid to throw away assets for a possible one-year rental. Should the Washington Wizards trade for PG-13?
After struggling in the first half of the 2016-17 NBA season, the Wizards managed to bounce back and earned a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. However, their current roster isn’t enough to completely dominate the East. If they want to contend for the title next season, the Wizards should target at least one superstar this summer.
NBA Rumors: Paul George to Washington Wizards
Since Paul George becomes available via trade, several NBA teams expressed interest in adding him to their team. The Cleveland Cavaliers emerged as the top trade destination for George. After failing to defend their title, the Cavs obviously need an additional star power to beat the Golden State Warriors.
However, it remains questionable if the Cavaliers have enough assets to acquire George. To make a deal with the Pacers, they need to sacrifice Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Washington Wizards are also eyeing to trade for George.
“Washington, to a lesser degree, could fit the bill, too, and the Wizards are looking for a way to make a George deal happen. They don’t have a player of Love’s caliber to put in a deal; they’re not moving Bradley Beal after the 23-year-old just had his best NBA season. Playing alongside Washington’s backcourt of Beal and John Wall, after all, would be the selling point for George in D.C,” Aldridge reported.
Acquiring Paul George will undeniably make the Wizards a legitimate title contender. The idea of playing alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal may convince the All-Star forward to sign a long-term deal in Washington.
NBA Rumors: Otto Porter as a trade chip
As Aldridge notes, the Wizards could include Otto Porter in a trade package to make a deal with the Pacers. However, since Porter will become a restricted free agent, the Wizards should first convince him to agree to a sign-and-trade deal with anyone this summer. Agreeing with such deal will require Porter to take less money as an effect of the new CBA.
Other trade chips for the Wizards include Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre, Jr. To bring Paul George to Washington, the Wizards may also need to sacrifice draft picks.