The Pacers now know for sure they won't be able to keep Paul George in the long term, so they've set about trying to get value for him via trade.
And they're starting at the top of the East with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Cleveland – fresh off a Finals loss to the Warriors – might seem like a team looking to add stars for a potential four-peat rematch next year.
The Cavaliers also would be willing to deal for George without any prior assurances that he'd sign a long-term deal there, according to McMenamin, because the team feels confident its winning ways and star power would convince George to stay on.
That removes a major hurdle which could discourage many teams trading for George.
But taking a closer look at any potential trade, it becomes less clear what Cleveland could or would offer.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are the Cavaliers' major trade chips, but with both signed to multi-year deals, it might not make sense to deal either for one guaranteed year of George.
To part with either the 25-year-old Irving or the 28-year-old Love, both coming off All-Star seasons and on relatively economical long-term deals, without any verbal commitment from George, 27, that he planned to stay in Cleveland beyond 2018 would be "hard" to agree to, one source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN.
From Indiana's side, there should be a question of whether either Irving or Love are enough to build a competitor around, or whether acquiring one of them amounts to kicking the can down the road a few more years.
Further complicating matters is the state of the Cavaliers front office, where general manager David Griffin's contract is set to expire on June 30.
The lack of resolution in Griffin's situation with the NBA draft just four days away and free agency commencing in 16 days is starting to cause some unrest within the ranks in Cleveland. "Insanity," a source told ESPN of the Cavs' front-office situation.
While the contact between the Pacers and Cavs about George is certainly worth attention, a deal seems unlikely, at least in the near term. That's probably good news for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
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