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NBA Rumors: Clippers Wanted To Trade Paul George Before Signing Him To Extension

(via USA Today FTW)

(via USA Today FTW)

Paul George recently agreed to a 4-year, $190 million extension with the Clippers that will keep him in town through at least the 2023-24 season.

Despite PG's shortcomings in the 2020 postseason, it was a move widely praised by the NBA community, as it demonstrated trust and consistency for a franchise that is still very much in the race for a title.

But according to Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer, the shiny new deal didn't come without some inquiries from the Clippers, who apparently did some digging around the league to see who they could land on the trade market for their esteemed two-way star.

“According to a front office source, there was chatter around the league that the Clippers did their due diligence in seeing what they could get on the market for George before deciding that the extension was the best option. One front office staffer said that, despite the ugly numbers on the back end of George’s deal, the market for George around the league would have likely gotten him that same contract elsewhere. George is a number two that you have to pay number-one-level money.”

Obviously, signing up to pay PG almost $49 million when he’ll be turning 35 years old is taking a pretty big leap of faith.

Not only has George been rather disappointing in the playoffs throughout his career, but he's also got a bit of an injury history that includes a gruesome leg injury he sustained back in the summer of 2014.

There's no telling if Paul George is consistent enough to lead this Clippers team to a title, and there's no telling how effective he'll be at 35.

There are some who believe the Clippers' title window has already slammed shut, like ESPN insider Stephen A. Smith, but there is still optimism that LA can turn things around and mark their place in history. George's extension should help them in that pursuit, but it will no doubt take an extraordinary effort from the 6x All-Star to live up to his worth financially.