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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Almost Traded Kevin Love In 3-Team Trade For Paul George


It seems every single day of the offseason new rumors are emerging revolving around the Pacers and their efforts to trade All-Star Paul George before he leaves Indiana next season in free agency.

The latest of these rumors invoves the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the Denver Nuggets.

Per Marc Stein of, there are league sources that state the Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets have discussed a three-way deal that would send George to the Cavaliers and Kevin Love to Denver.

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A reporter for, Joe Vardon, also confirmed these rumors but said the talks were "nothing serious."

Fellow writer, Chris Haynes, also reported a seperate version of the trade that would involve sending Denver big man Kenneth Faried to the Cavs.

With Paul George informing the Pacers' front office he intends to pursue a move to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018 free agency window, many teams are hesitant of trading for the four-time All-Star, not wanting to trade away large assets for a one-year rental.

The Cavaliers are in a different situation to most teams however. Cleveland is chasing another Finals berth and hopefully a second championship, but with the behemoth Golden State Warriors most likely ready and waiting if they do make it to the Finals, the Cavs want all the help they can get to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors.

LeBron James will be turning 33 next season, and has a player option on his contract in 2018, so Cleveland's title window may be closing extremely quickly, so adding three-time All-Defensive team member Paul George to the roster for next season in exchange for Kevin Love, who has been underwhelming in postseason play, may give the Cavs that extra boost they need to get over the hump one more time against Golden State.