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Knicks Still Interested in Paul George But They Can Only Sign Him on One Condition

LAC’s Paul George would be an “ideal fit” for the Knicks, but acquiring him could be challenging, though not impossible, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic. The 34-year-old forward has a $48.8 million player option for next season, which he must decide on by June 29.

George is eligible for a four-year, $221 million extension with Los Angeles. His three-point shooting, pick-and-roll abilities, and constant movement would make him a seamless addition to Knicks roster.

Katz also notes that George, alongside OG Anunoby, would form the best pair of perimeter defenders in the league. Moreover, George has a history of playing well with other stars and is a client of CAA, which Knicks president Leon Rose used to run.

If George opts out, the Knicks won’t have the cap space to sign him, and the Clippers can’t sign and trade him due to being above the second apron.

Katz suggests the Knicks could still acquire George on a condition, that is if he opts in, but doubts the Clippers would be quick to trade him if he’s under contract for another season. However, with recent reports indicating a lack of progress in George’s contract talks with the Clippers, the situation could evolve.

Katz’s sources reveal the Knicks have considered George in the past but never made a serious offer. This could change if George and the Clippers agree that picking up the option and arranging a trade this summer is the best move.

Throughout his 14-year NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Clippers, George has established himself as one of the league’s top two-way players.

He is a nine-time All-Star, a four-time NBA All-Defensive Team member, and has twice received MVP votes, finishing third in 2019. George’s career averages are 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.6 three-pointers made, and 1.7 steals per game, with shooting percentages of 44.0% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc.

Despite injuries limiting his games over the past few seasons, George managed to stay healthy this season, playing 74 games and averaging 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.3 three-pointers, and 1.5 steals per game.

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