Cavs talked 3-team trade with Nuggets, Pacers – report


FILE – In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, FIle)

The Cleveland Cavaliers want to add Paul George to their team, but don’t have the right mix of assets to entice the Indiana Pacers.

Enter the Denver Nuggets.

Per an ESPN report by Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, the Cavs discussed a three-team deal with the other two sides leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, though ultimately, nothing came out of the talks.

The Nuggets were recruited into the talks to furnish the Pacers with the combination of promising young players and draft picks that they are seeking before consenting to surrender George, whose agent, Aaron Mintz, informed Indiana management just over a week ago that George has no intention of staying with the club beyond the expiration of his current contract in June 2018.

The three teams could not agree to a final trade construction in time to complete a deal on draft night Thursday, but sources say the Cavaliers won’t abandon their trade pursuit of George, believing that acquiring the 27-year-old and George’s potentially winning a championship next season alongside LeBron James is the one scenario that could convince the two-way menace to abandon his well-chronicled desire to join the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as possible.

The specific players Denver would have sent to Indiana are not immediately known, but veteran forwards Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler and guard Emmanuel Mudiay are all known to be available. The Nuggets, sources say, have made versatile big man Nikola Jokic and prized first-year guard Jamal Murray off-limits in trade discussions.

In one version of the potential three-team swap, Faried would be Cleveland-bound, league sources told ESPN.

The report added the Cavaliers will still try to add talent via other avenues, including through buyouts, as they’re expected to be the favorites, should superstars like Dwyane Wade (Chicago Bulls) and Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) be bought out.

Cleveland has been looking for a versatile wingman to add to their roster, after losing in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals.

One guy that used to be on the Cavaliers’ radar, Jimmy Butler, is now out of the mix, after being dealt on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves by the Chicago Bulls.

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