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The Los Angeles Clippers are looking into what it may take to acquire Indiana Pacers star Paul George, according to a report from the Sporting News.
The Clippers can join the club, as numerous teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics also are said to have eyes for George.
Per the report:
Among them, league sources told Sporting News, are the Clippers, who have three significant free agents — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick — and are desperate to add a player who could change their perennial postseason disappointment. The Clippers have expressed interest in George.
Any team trading for George would be gambling that it could persuade him to stay in free agency, and not bolt for the Lakers in 2018. That limits the teams Indiana can deal with to a handful of contenders or teams willing to take a risk.
Also, several sources have indicated to Amico Hoops that the Washington Wizards are also investigating a trade for the Pacers small forward.
George, 27, reportedly has made it clear that he intends to opt out of his deal at the end of the season and join the Lakers in free agency next summer. His representatives are said to be telling teams other than the Lakers that should they trade for George, it will be a one-year rental agreement only.
The Pacers are hopeful of trading George by Thursday’s NBA draft, sources have told Amico Hoops.