Report: Paul George-to-Cavaliers Deal Fell Apart over Draft Pick

by July 28, 2017
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The Pacers nearly traded Paul George to the Cavaliers, but the deal fell apart when Cleveland insisted on lottery-protecting a draft pick.

In the proposed three-team deal, Indiana would have received Nuggets guard Gary Harris and a Cavs first-round pick for George. Per ESPN:

What did nearly come together was a three-way trade that would’ve sent Kevin Love to Denver, Gary Harris to Indiana and George to the Cavaliers.


Here’s where the deal fell apart, league sources said: Indiana wanted no protections on a future Cavaliers first-round pick.


Cleveland balked, insisting the pick have lottery protection — and Indiana moved onto the Oklahoma City package of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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