Butler trade sets the stage for looming free agency

Bryan Strickland
June 28, 2017

He's eligible for a five-year, $205 million deal with Los Angeles, but the most the Rockets could offer him is a four-year, $152 million deal.

"Wojnarowski said that the Celtics have a growing confidence" that they could get George to sign a contract extension instead of becoming a free agent following the 2017-18 season. The Lakers, on the other hand, are many years away from contending with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. Instead, the Pacers want young prospects or draft picks, something a third team like Denver could provide. They can't just bring the same group back that got thoroughly dominated by the Cavaliers in the playoffs, because to do so would mean spending all of their cap-space on a team they know can't win.

According to The Vertical the Boston Celtics are planning on an aggressive summer with a potential signing of Gordon Hayward and moving assets to the Pacers for Paul George.

Paul George is the hottest trade target in the National Basketball Association at the moment, but from the sounds of it, he already has his mind made up about his ultimate destination.

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While trade talks between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers have seemed to wane, the two teams could certainly still make a trade happen if they get a little help.

George, who can become a free agent after next season, had previously expressed interest in returning to LA, where he is originally from, but may not be quick to change teams again if the Cavs move takes place and proves successful. Which begs the question why the Lakers would be willing to trade for him at all considering they are his intended destination. George is presumably one target, while rumors of LeBron James eyeing the Lakers have been going around - perhaps he is the second target.

One prevailing thought is that a team asked for Murray to be included at the last minute and the Nuggets balked. But in the case of George, they would be getting a proven All-Star with leadership qualities who might enjoy playing for a coach like Brad Stevens and with a group of teammates who play with a high level of maturity. In 73 games last season, he tallied 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, a performance that earned him a berth in the All-Star Game. The two-way wing was drafted 10th overall by the Pacers in 2010. Sources told ESPN that a trade was being discussed ahead of this past Thursday's NBA Draft.

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