Hawks offered four picks for Pacers’ George

Pacers forward Paul George is the latest NBA star to be at the center of contract/trade rumors.

The Atlanta Hawks made a strong push to obtain Paul George at the trade deadline and the Los Angeles Lakers remain confident they can land the Indiana Pacers star.

That’s all according to a report from ESPN.

Several teams made trade offers for George in February, including the Atlanta Hawks, who offered four first-round picks in exchange for him. George, who grew up as a Kobe Bryant fan in Southern California, has expressed an interest in playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the past.

New Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, who met with George after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, told reporters that George expressed an interest in staying long term but made it clear he wanted to be on a contender.

To this point, George has only been tied to the Lakers through the national media and Lakers fans. According to multiple reports, the Pacers, Boston Celtics and several others have nearly as good of a shot of landing him when/if the time comes.

Of course, there’s always a chance the Hawks could revisit, or improve, their initial offer this summer.