The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly interested in the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders. George recently informed the Pacers that he will opt out next summer, and does not plan to re-sign in Indiana. However, he also told them he plans to join the Los Angeles Lakers during 2018 free agency. Any team that acquires him may be looking at a one-year rental.
League sources peg Portland and San Antonio as the newest serious players in the Paul George race. Spurs said to have a real shot at him.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 22, 2017
Nothing specific - told meat of an offer would be some combination of Portland's picks this year and favorable salary https://t.co/EeVVq5vlqB— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 22, 2017
However, Comcast SportsNet Northwest’s Jason Quick downplays the report, stating that Portland did make an offer for Paul George, but it was insufficient.
Source says what Blazers have offered for Paul George "doesn't move the needle" for Pacers.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) June 22, 2017
The 27-year-old George has played all seven seasons in Indiana, including four All-Star appearances. He was voted to three All-NBA third teams and three All-Defensive teams, including one First Team. He successfully recovered from a horrific broken leg, sustained during a 2014 Team USA scrimmage, averaging more than 23 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds in each of the past 2 seasons.
George will make $19,508,958 next season. Indiana holds approximately $62 million in guaranteed salary for the 2017-18 season, and has significant flexibility in a trade.