Paul George left a sour taste in pretty much everyone’s mouth during the 2020 NBA Playoffs. So much so that pretty much everyone on the Clippers now hates him. Once self-proclaimed as “Playoff P,” the bubble exposed George as “Pandemic P” in more ways than one.
Can the Clippers bring George back after a disastrous first season in LA? Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports brought up a theory that the Nets could pull off a trade for PG13.
🔥@jasonrmcintyre: “I’ve heard, at the exit interviews, Paul George didn’t get ‘rave reviews’ from his teammates. My person would not be shocked if Paul George was shipped out of town…”
McIntyre is not a trusted source. He’s not respected like an Adrian Wojnarowski or Shams Charania. More so, McIntyre states that the Nets don’t have a first-round pick, which is false. The Nets have the 19th pick in the Draft.
Additionally, the trade package really doesn’t make sense for the Clippers.
Considering the Clippers gave up five first-round picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA will not just give George away. It’s highly doubtful the Clips would accept an offer centered around Caris Levert and Spencer Dinwiddie. It’s impossible to recoup the assets LA gave up, so a trade seems unlikely.
For the Nets, trading for George is not a route they should explore. Levert is a real player. The former Michigan product averaged 18.7 points per game this year and is under an affordable contract. Unless a deal for Bradley Beal becomes available, you can’t trade LeVert.
Ultimately, Kawhi Leonard is going to decide things. Both Kawhi and PG13 can opt-out after this upcoming season, as crazy as that sounds. If Kawhi wants George out, then the Clips have no choice but to seek out a trade.