Paul George on the trading block?

Along with the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George has been one of the most talked about players in the constantly rotating NBA trade rumor mill. According to Yahoo Sports, the latest of these rumors point to Indiana Pacers All-Star and franchise player Paul George potentially becoming a Piston in Detroit.

Specifics of potential Paul George trade

The Detroit Pistons would be paying a pretty penny, which would include sending Tobias Harris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Stanley Johnson, and three first-round draft picks to the Indiana Pacers to acquire the services of Paul George.

While this deal would essentially see the Detroit Pistons parting ways with much of their future, acquiring PG-13 would give them what they need to compete now. He would be joining a Detroit Pistons team that includes Reggie Jackson at the Point Guard position, and Andre Drummond holding down the fort at Center. Adding PG-13 to the mix would instantly make the Pistons a contender in the East, and would give them the pieces necessary to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors for Eastern Conference supremacy.

And, even though acquiring Paul George would come with a hefty price tag in this potential trade scenario, PG-13 has come back to full strength (and then some) since suffering the horrific injury that left his career hanging in the balance.

Paul George is averaging 21.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and dishing 3.2 assists per game this season, and, at just 26-years-old, the All-Star and franchise player still has youth on his side, which would bode well for a Detroit Pistons organization looking to climb back into contention.

What trade could mean for Indiana Pacers

For the Indiana Pacers, they will be primed for the future, with a wealth of young players and future draft picks to build their team for years to come. On top of this, Indiana's future is already moving in the right direction with 20-year-old Myles Turner, who, in only his sophomore season in the league, is averaging a commendable 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game this season.

Ultimately, the Indiana Pacers are in no position to win now (even with PG-13 in a Pacers uniform), so this may very well be the smarter move for the franchise overall.

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