Report: How the Cavs' Paul George trade fell apart

Pacers exec pulled plug on deal that would have sent PG-13 to Cleveland

Karl Buscheck
July 23, 2017 - 1:43 pm

In an alternate basketball universe, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be trotting out one seriously imposing big three next season.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, the Cavs had "tenatively" reached an agreemnet for three-team trade that would have brought Paul George into the fold alongside Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. 

"On the afternoon of June 30, the sides thought they had a deal. On a conference call between the teams, everyone tentatively agreed. George to the Cavs, [Kevin] Love to the [Denver] Nuggets, [Gary] Harris and other pieces to the [Indiana] Pacers, sources said."

But as the Cavs front office was reaching out to owner Dan Gilbert, Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard fired off a text informing them that the deal was off. The Pacers sent George to the Oklahoma City Thunder later in the day and the Cavs were out of luck. 


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