Shootaround (June 26) -- Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly pursuing Paul George

Shootaround (June 26) -- Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly pursuing Paul George

Shootaround (June 26) -- Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly pursuing Paul George

However, sources told the negotiations were "nothing serious" and "very unlikely" to become finalized. Boston's belief that it can make George more than a one-year rental is fueling the franchise's willingness to part with a significant package of assets, league sources said.

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, speaking to local reporters after Thursday night's draft, referred to the recent disclosure from Mintz regarding George's refusal to stay in IN beyond next season as "a total gut punch". An ESPN reporter Tweeted that Denver would be willing to give up Kenneth Faried in a potential deal, with Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay also "available".

Should the Celtics' pitch to Hayward fall through, the Clippers' Blake Griffin - who opted out of his contract to enter free agency last week - reportedly could be another option in their domino-like plan to land George.

According to the ESPN report, one of the Nuggets' off-season priorities is to upgrade the power forward position, which would be settled with the acquisition of Love.

The Cavs had reportedly tried to work out a deal for Jimmy Butler, but the Chicago Bulls traded him last week to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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But Pritchard also expressed confidence in the same interview that the Pacers would find a palatable George deal in the near future, saying: "We have to look at every scenario". To add more to the Cavs dynamic is that there is talk that Carmelo Anthony may reach a buyout with the New York Knicks and will likely sign with the Cavs as well. "The Big Three was Kareem, Worthy and Magic, way before Bird, Parish, Maxwell and McHale and D.J. Those great teams always had four, five great players". Who could forget Mark Boyle's, "Ding dong the witch is dead", call after the Pacers dumped the Knicks in that 2000 Eastern Conference finals.

While Paul George trade rumors had been strong over the past season, they got a recent surge in credibility once it was reported that George was going to leave as a free agent after this season.

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