The Los Angeles Clippers have made some major changes already this offseason with the removal of head coach Doc Rivers. After an embarrassing exit from the NBA Playoffs in the first year of the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George duo, the Clippers could look to make more moves.
Rumors have been swirling around a potential trade involving George. L.A. may not be interested in shopping him, but there is some belief that they could listen to offers.
One NBA executive spoke to NBA Analysis Network about a potential move involving George. He thinks the Clippers would be smart to consider moving the star forward.
“When you look at the Kawhi-PG duo, it looks good on the outside. Unfortunately, George simply doesn’t have the work ethic, consistency, or leadership. He also can’t seem to stay healthy. He has had shoulder issues in recent years come playoff time. I think the Clippers would be wise to test his value on the trade market this offseason.”
George had issues getting fully healthy in his first season with the Clippers. He also ended the season with a dismal performance in the playoffs. Reports came out soon after the playoffs that George’s teammates were not very fond of him.
He ended up averaging 21.5 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. George shot 43.9 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from the three-point line.
Trading George now would be a bit of a surprise. Los Angeles gave up a ton of value to get him from the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, if the Clippers receive a massive offer for George, they might consider it.
At 30 years old, George still has years left in his prime. One possible reason to trade him could be the fact that George has a potential out of his contact after the 2020-21 season. He has had a track record of leaving teams.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding Paul George as the NBA offseason gets going. The Clippers are going to be a team to watch and a George trade is not completely out of the question.