2. Paul George
Every team is watching the LA Clippers closely. Kawhi Leonard and George have one year plus a player option remaining on their contract. Both players are extension eligible, but the missed games have been a problem in Los Angeles. Do the Clippers sign them long-term, despite the headaches of the last four years? If not, what do the two superstars do?
LA would be smart to explore the trade market for either player if they do not plan on re-signing them. Both are making $45.6 million this season, so matching salaries will not be easy, especially for Golden State. They would have to attach multiple players to Chris Paul to get to that number.
The Dubs would love another wing to complete their playoff lineup, and PG13 is one of the game’s best when healthy. He is averaging just 47.2 contests per season since joining the Clippers in 2019, but his 23.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.5 steals show he is still elite. Keeping him healthy, especially in the postseason, is the key.
The Golden State Warriors do not have their 2024 or 2030 first-round picks, but they can still move 2026 and 2028 plus multiple swaps. Is that enough to get into the Paul George sweepstakes? Do the Dubs try to get involved in a blockbuster deal?