Report: The Cleveland Caveliers, Denver Nuggets, and Indiana Pacers are nearing a trade that could send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.
Here is the report:
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This only means those three teams have discussed a trade. It does not mean that anything is guaranteed. If there is a trade, we will probably see an onslaught of youthful players as well as numerous picks on their way to Indiana, Kevin Love to a third destination, and Paul George to the Cavs.
Now, lets predict who the winners and losers will be, to this mere concept of a trade.
Why do the Cavs want Paul George so much? There is no point of bringing in a different player when the James/Irving/Love has proven to be championship worthy. Not to mention, Kevin Love is one of the most underrated players in today’s game. In Cleveland, a team with two other all-stars, Love is still managing 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Not to mention, while in Minnesota, Love had more points, rebounds and assists than George had in the 16-17 season. Love is only a year older than Paul George, so to say making this trade would improve the Cavs team is silly. Love is a better fit and player.
Paul George in Cleveland would simply be a downgrade. You may not want to believe it, but it would. If Kevin Love is traded to Denver, they will acquire one of the best offensive weapons in the NBA. Imagine a duo of Nikola Jokic and Kevin Love. As great of an offensive juggernaut that team would be, there would be little to no defense, which brings me to my next point.
Paul George is just as bad on defense as Kevin Love. Not to mention, assuming Paul George plays the four, he will be undersized. I am not saying Love is not undersized, the difference between Love and George is that Love has been covering stretch-fours for his whole career, while for Paul George, it will be a whole new experience.
If you are the Pacers management, you need to get as many picks, and as many youthful players you can get from this deal, because after the Paul George era, you will be rebuilding, and there is absolutely no way around it. After 2018, Paul George is leaving. You have to get something for him while you can.
By a large margin, the third team in this deal, whoever it may be, will likely ‘win’ this trade. They will be getting an underrated Kevin Love in his prime, that may return to his Minnesota-type dominance once on a team with less stars. George will likely regress as well. If Indiana uses their picks that they acquire well enough, they could also win the trade. But, I guess this trade could be won or lost all depending on who you ask.