We got our first true #WojBomb of the summer on Sunday when Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that Paul George informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to leave as a free agent following the 2017-18 campaign. The report also said that Pacers president Kevin Pritchard has been aggressively seeking a trade partner to take on the All-Star forward sooner rather than later. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested, but there figures to be no shortage of suitors.
Sean Deveney of Sporting News noted Monday that the Los Angeles Clippers are also expected to pursue George via trade:
“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.”
The Vertical’s report said that George has strong interest in joining his hometown Lakers as a free agent next summer. Clearly, the Clippers believe they would be able to convince PG-13 to stay on their side of Staples Center if they are able to snag him via trade. There’s no telling what the Clippers may be able to offer the Pacers that would entice them enough to trade George, especially considering three of their four best players are no longer under contract. Still, it makes sense that the Clips would be aggressive this summer with their long-term future hanging in the balance.
Deveney says that the Pacers are motivated to trade George ahead of Thursday’s draft, and that the Houston Rockets are another potential suitor to watch.