Minnesota is exploring the possibility of adding either the two-way talent of Jimmy Butler or Paul George to their talented nucleus while continuing to gauge the market for oft-shopped guard Ricky Rubio, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
This is definitely a positive development for the Pacers since it seems that leveraging the Lakers with the threat of George being wooed by Cleveland’s contender-status during his one-year layover is no longer a viable option.
It’s unclear how much the Timberwolves would be willing to sacrifice for the opportunity to sell the dynamic wing on the potential opportunity to star long-term alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. However, landing Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick while taking back the contract of Cole Aldrich would certainly trump LA’s reported low-ball offer, especially if the No. 2 pick and Brandon Ingram continue to remain off the table.
Of course, Indiana’s past history of interest in Rubio is probably notable and perhaps more realistic given George’s flight risk.
The Spanish assist artist and hard nosed defender ranked sixth in the league last season in assist points created (20.6), but his 32.7 percent conversion rate on catch and shoot threes doesn’t bode particularly well for a hypothetical pairing with the advent of Point Lance.
Regardless of fit or even the exact assets being discussed, the Pacers should welcome any team entering the bidding for Paul George if for no other reason than it might encourage the Lakers to reconsider who or what they’re willing to make available.