The Golden State Warriors reportedly declined a trade that would have landed them Paul George earlier this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they’re not interested in bringing the four-time All-Star and three-time All-Defensive honoree into their already-guilded fold when George is a free agent a year from now.
That is, according to the belief of Tim Kawakami, who covers the Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. On the Washington Post‘s basketball podcast, Posting Up, Kawakami revealed that he thinks the Warriors will make a push for the small forward, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason, a year from now.
“Marcus [Thompson of the Athletic] and I have teased this for more than a year,” the veteran reporter said. “We think they’re going to go after Paul George, somehow. I think Joe Lacob is going to try to find a way to get Paul George. I don’t know how that would happen, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen when they were—three years ago, when they said they were go after Durant. Well, they didn’t say it. But they might have whispered it.”
If that sounds implausible, it is. But just because it’s unlikely, doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
As it stands now, George and Durant (who took a pay cut on his current deal and can opt out of it after the upcoming season) would have to take nearly unprecedented salary discounts to fit both on the roster next year. The more likely scenario: The Warriors manage to squeeze Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston into a sign-and-trade for George with the Thunder.
In July, the Pacers apparently offered George to the Warriors in exchange for shooting guard Klay Thompson.
“I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship. But it didn’t happen,” George said of the nixed deal. “It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.”
For the sake of competitive basketball, let us pray this doesn’t happen.