Houston Rockets: Paul George is on the Trading Block
By Michael Knight
Could one of the best two-way players in the league come to Houston this summer?
One of the biggest names in the NBA became officially available yesterday afternoon. After months of rumors surrounding him, Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers that he will not re-sign with the team following the 2017-2018 season. He also said that he prefers to sign with the Lakers next offseason.
Paul George has told the Pacers that he won't re-sign after next season and prefers to sign with the Lakers: https://t.co/bsqUgardXh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 18, 2017
This situation means that the Pacers need to get all the value they can out of George before he leaves. Trade rumors are flying and Indiana probably would like to get a deal done before the draft on Thursday night. The favorites right now are the Cleveland Cavaliers, but can Daryl Morey and the Rockets get involved?
Can the Rockets get the trade done?
To be able to compete with the other players for a Paul George, the Rockets may need to be willing to part with a key contributor to last year’s team. This player could be potential Sixth Man of the Year winner Eric Gordon. It would be a tough pill to swallow, but possibly worth it to bring in a superstar. Gordon has been rumored to be a part of the deal, maybe because of his Indiana roots. Nothing is official that the Rockets are going for George, of course, but with Morey, it can almost be assumed.
Imagine a big three of James Harden, Chris Paul, and Paul George. While this scenario is obviously highly unlikely, it is still fun to think about if you are a fan of the Rockets. There would have to be much cap space cleared for this lineup to happen, but if Houston is trying to compete then why not? Are Eric Gordon and a future first-round pick enough to get the deal done, or will it require one of the young players on the Rockets? We will have to wait (maybe not too long) and see.
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Resigning Paul George
One of the toughest parts about the whole Paul George trade would be convincing him to re-sign. If his heart is set on going to Los Angeles, then the trade will likely be a rental. That makes it hard to want to trade serious assets for him, but if it makes the Rockets championship contenders, it is worth it. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook what you think of the potential offseason moves for the Rockets!
What do you guys think of a possible Paul George trade for the #Rockets?
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