Add Indiana small forward Paul George to the trade bait list.
According to a report by the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers have decided to see just what their star player might be worth with one day left until the 3 p.m. (ET) deadline Thursday. If Wojnarowski’s sources are correct, George joins Chicago’s Jimmy Butler as one of the bigger names rumored to be available.
The Pacers, who currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference at 29-28 (three games up on ninth place Milwaukee), want to keep George happy, while looking to bolster their roster with a decent return. George, however, can opt out of his contract next season anyway.
Adding more fuel to the rumor mill was a report by Wojnarowski that George has considered the Lakers as a landing spot in free agency (since he grew up near L.A.), which would have the effect of chilling other team’s interested in him unless he was willing to sign a contract extension.
Through 50 games, George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals.