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Pacers reach out to Cavaliers about potential Paul George trade, report says

Pacers reach out to Cavaliers about potential Paul George trade, report says

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.

Per McMenamin:

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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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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