Here’s an unexpected story that came to my attention: One media personality is claiming Paul George could be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
That’s radio and TV personality Jason McIntyre, who claimed this week that he heard from an unnamed source that George could be traded this offseason, possibly to the Nets. Here’s the clip from his show dropping the tidbit.
@jasonrmcintyre: "I've heard, at the exit interviews, Paul George didn't get 'rave reviews' from his teammates. My person would not be shocked if Paul George was shipped out of town..."— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) September 29, 2020
FULL PODCAST: https://t.co/9C30l5N8Ou pic.twitter.com/DHGgHHvdpj
What to make of this? Uhhhh, seems pretty out there, especially for the potential return of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and a 2nd round draft pick. Even if George underperformed in the bubble, it seems pretty shortsighted to get rid of him after one abbreviated season. Add to it the language associated with this report: “Would not be shocked” and “potential landing spot” allows for a lot of wiggle room on what would be a bombshell story if it came to fruition.
But that’s just me. What’s your take on this story and scenario?
More news for Friday:
- Rivers to Philly almost done: Adrian Wojnarowski reported in ESPN Thursday that Doc Rivers has agreed to a deal to coach the Philadelphia 76ers on a five-year deal. According to the report, with Rivers moving on it’s quite possible the Clippers will not owe him nearly as much of the two years he still had on his deal in LA.
- Will he go by Glenn? One more Rivers tidbit, apparently the Sixers refused to call him “Doc” back in the day, according to a former sideline reporter.
When I was the sideline reporter for the Sixers, they told me they would fine me if I referred to Glenn “Doc” Rivers as “Doc” on the air… Saying that there was only one Doc, and that was Dr. J! Quite the conundrum here (I never found out if they were serious about that fine)— Jaime Maggio (@jaimemaggio) October 2, 2020
- Phil Jackson, Clippers coach? Portland columnist Dwight Jaynes thinks Steve Ballmer will bypass Tyronn Lue and go for more name recognition with the next Clippers coach. Say, Phil Jackson. I’m sure that would be controversial but the guy has won a few titles along the way.
- Jackson and JVG endorse each other: Meanwhile, over at the LA Times, Thuc Nhi Nguyen talks to ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, who each talk up the other for the Clippers head coaching vacancy.
- Questions for next season: This column from Sam Amick in The Athletic goes over some of the rocky questions facing the NBA ahead of next season, whenever that will be (which is one of said rocky questions).