Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George is likely to be traded sooner rather than later and that situation poses some serious questions for the Utah Jazz.
After what felt like a lengthy calm before the storm, the NBA offseason mania took off on a whole new level this weekend. First came the news that the Boston Celtics would be sending their first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers and as far as we know, the Celtics could still very much be up to something.
Then, another bomb dropped on the league as it was officially reported that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George informed his team that his plan was to leave in free agency of 2018, preferring to join the Los Angeles Lakers. This of course wasn’t entirely shocking as George’s desire to join LA was rumored dating back to prior to this past season’s trade deadline, but solidifying that as fact undoubtedly has sent shock waves through the league.
What made the report even more surprising is the fact that mere days earlier at a charity softball game, PG had told the media that he was committed to Indiana, saying matter-of-factly, “I am a Pacer.” Saying that, then expressing his true intentions days later is a tough blow for the franchise and fans alike. George is still under contract with the Pacers for 2017-18 but his intentions following this season have been made abundantly clear.
Now it’s been reported from multiple sources that the Pacers are planning to trade George now rather than allow him to remain on a team he doesn’t have plans to stay with and eventually leave in free agency for nothing. Several teams have been brought up in connection with George and whether the Utah Jazz are specifically involved or not, there’s no doubt that the repercussions from an impending Paul George trade could very well have an effect on their future as well.
With that being the case, here are three questions now facing the Utah Jazz in wake of the tidal wave of Paul George trade rumors.