The New York Knicks have held trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason and, according to a certain source, eight-time All-Star Paul George was discussed.
George’s career in L.A. hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Having teamed up with Kawhi Leonard for the Western Conference side, the pair have yet to find some consistency together, and it appears the Knicks were keen on breaking them up.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Knicks considered offering a package including Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and three first-round picks for George. They also considered involving RJ Barrett after Toppin was sent to the Indiana Pacers.
“After that, RJ Barrett’s name was brought up briefly in trade talks by the Clippers in place of Toppin,” Scotto reports.
Discussions did not progress very far, though, as the Knicks ultimately decided that the package, plus the extension they would have to sign the 33-year-old to, was simply too much.
George is eligible for an extension worth up to $220 million over four years but his age and history with injuries had NY concerned, and understandably so.
While a player of George’s caliber would put them over the top sacrificing their young talent for the short term could set them back several years.
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