The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have both shown interest in signing Paul George after the Pacers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Cavs. George has indicated he wants to opt out next year. But would trading the 27-year-old be worth it for the Pacers and if so, who would they trade him too?
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Good: Paul George would get to play for a team that has made the NBA Finals 3 straight years, and LeBron James, who has made the Finals in 7 straight years. If the Cavs get George, the team could be considered a super team and might be able to better compete with the Warriors.
Bad: The Cavaliers may have to give up a lot to get Paul George. They might have to trade Kevin Love, their starting power forward who they traded Andrew Wiggens for in 2014. The Cavaliers will have to decide who they want more: Kevin Love or Paul George.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Good: The Lakers are a team that players are never hesitant to play for because they always have money to spend and they play in LA, one of the most popular places in the country. The Lakers could decide if this was once again the time to try and build a super team around George.
Bad: The Lakers have tried to build super teams in the past and failed, like when they had Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard come together. When that happened, they got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Spurs. If Lonzo Ball is a bust, it will be like George is still playing for the Pacers because he will have to carry the team every game.
I believe that Paul George will be traded to the Lakers because the Lakers have more to offer on their side of the trade. The Cavs will have to make a better offer because their draft picks will not be as high as the Lakers draft picks. I think George would do better on the Cavs, but he would rather play for the Lakers.