It wasn't long at all before the Paul George sweepstakes got underway.
With it now being clear that George fully intends to walk away from Indiana after this upcoming season, a trade is now imminent. The Cavs have risen as the favorite to acquire George's services, but as we all know...it ain't over until the fat lady sings (whatever that even means).
With the Pacers losing leverage fast, here are four sleeper teams that may just make a successful push for the ever-ruthless PG13.
4. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are a squad with a legit dynamic duo, but reports suggest that the team may be in serious danger of losing Kyle Lowry. In the event that he stays or leaves, Toronto acquiring George would undoubtedly be a big boost. Him in tandem with DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas, and potentially (hopefully) Kyle Lowry would make for a very formidable unit up north for a team currently in flux.
3. Houston Rockets
This team would be special. A Houston starting lineup that featured James Harden along with Paul George is teetering towards Golden State-level offensive potency. If George went to Houston and made a concerted effort to show out on the defensive side of the ball, this team would easily become good enough to challenge the Warriors for the West crown.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks with or without Paul George are set to be one of the most intriguing teams in the league next season. The starting five of Brogdon, Giannis, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, and Thon Maker is expected to really grow into its own in 2018. Add Paul George to that makeup, and surprisingly enough, the Bucks on paper might just have a better roster than the Cavs, even if it's only one year. Don't sleep on Milwaukee.
1. San Antonio Spurs
Two of the best wing players in the league playing on the same team would be more potent than most people can even fathom.
Hand that over to Gregg Popovich and yeah...now we've got something cooking. Paul George in San Antonio black and silver is something the other 29 NBA teams should not want to see. If the Spurs can continuously win north of 60 games a season with relatively average talent alongside a bonafide star, give Pop two and watch out. San Antonio may just shock us all yet again.