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Cleveland Cavaliers still in position to trade for Paul George, acquire Carmelo Anthony

By The Sports Xchange
Cleveland Cavaliers still in position to trade for Paul George, acquire Carmelo Anthony
Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) makes a pass against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in the first half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on February 10, 2017. Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

The Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing to pursue a trade for Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George.

The Cavs talked to the Pacers and Nuggets on a three-team trade that would send George to Cleveland and All-Star power forward Kevin Love to Denver, ESPN reported Sunday.

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The 27-year-old George informed the Pacers recently he won't resign with the team and plans to become a free agent after next season.

Love, 28, has two guaranteed seasons remaining on his contract, worth $46.7 million, and a player option for $25.6 million in 2019-2020.

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The Cavaliers engaged the Nuggets as a possible third team to facilitate a trade for George on draft night Thursday, but a source told Cleveland.com the discussion was "nothing serious" and "very unlikely" to happen now.

According to ESPN, the Cavaliers don't plan to abandon their trade pursuit of George, believing potentially winning a championship next season alongside LeBron James is the one scenario that could convince George to give up his desire to join the Los Angeles Lakers as soon as possible.

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George, who averaged a career-best 23.7 points last season, has a major preference in joining the Lakers as he grew up in Southern California.

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The Lakers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs reportedly are among the teams that also pursued George trades aggressively on draft night.

In addition, the Cavs are expected to be leading contenders for Carmelo Anthony should he secure an offseason buyout from the New York Knicks, league sources told ESPN.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract and Knicks president Phil Jackson repeatedly says his desire is to trade the All-Star forward to a team in position to contend for an NBA title.

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