After suffering a major injury back in 2014, Paul George has repackaged himself and managed to play strong coming back with the Indiana Pacers last season. However, George’s performance seems to dwindle down the stretch of the season and many see a trade could help him up.
NBA Trade Rumors suggest a four-team deal that would involve the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings. In the deal the Pacers send George and Rodney Stuckey to the Celtics; the Celtics would then send Amir Johnson, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown together with Alex Abrines to the Kings.
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The Kings would then send DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to the Pacers while the Thunder gets Jae Crowder as part of the deal. With the trade, the Celtics get an added superstar to their roster to help Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas breeze through the playoffs and a possible title contender run.
Aside from getting a superstar, the Celtics also have Stuckey to help in the backcourt chores with Thomas. He would be a decent backup as he averages 8.9 points, 2.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds a game.
With the deal, the Kings get many assets that could start their rebuilding process. In losing Cousins and Gay, coach David Joerger could very well work with Brown and Johnson taking the forward positions. Smart and Abrines could be a combination to work within the guard position together with Arron Afflalo, Ben McLemore, and Darren Collison.
For the Pacers, it will be an upgrade as well as Cousins and Gay could lead their offense. They get legitimate big men who could help Myles Turner down the middle. With the deal, the Pacers balance their roster.
With the Thunder, they get to fill in the slack left by Kevin Durant. Jae Crowder is not a game changer but he could fill in the gaps. He could also complement the team’s offense and defense with Kyle Singler.
The trade, which is plausible in nature, could further rejuvenate George’s desire of getting back into the playoffs with a vengeance. Getting into Celtics’ roster might be the change that he is looking for ever since Frank Vogel as his coach well.
The trade will only be good if teams involved would sit down and begin the talks. George and the Pacers are doing some rebuilding themselves this season. However, if they see fit for change then they could explore this trade as well.
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