Trade rumors in the NBA constantly circulate, with all sorts of crazy scenarios thrown around with superstars teaming up.
One superstar that always gets mentioned as someone that pulls the strings and tries to team up with other stars is LeBron James, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Before James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the bright lights of Los Angeles, Paul George was close to being traded to the Cavs to team up with the future Hall of Famer.
Paul George says he almost teamed up with LeBron in Cleveland
Toronto, Boston, and San Antonio were additional potential landing locations.
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What could have been…
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Would’ve ruined his career if he teamed up with Bron
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The deal fell through, as George said, with a few other teams in the mix to make a deal for him before he was ultimately shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder to team up with Russell Westbrook, who he ironically plays alongside now with the Los Angeles Clippers.
At that point in George’s career, he was considered one of the top two-way players in the league and would’ve been part of a lethal one-two punch with James.
Unfortunately for George, the Indiana Pacers and Cavs sharing a division was a deal-breaker for obvious reasons.
George’s stint with the Thunder didn’t go as planned, as he went on to be traded to the Clippers, and his career has been marred by injuries ever since.
Although James won a championship with Anthony Davis in Los Angeles, the superstar forward has also struggled with injuries in a tough stint with the Lakers, where the team has been battling just to make the playoffs the last few seasons.
The move to Los Angeles was worth it for James because he won his fourth title, but the same can’t be said for George, with the Clippers having one of the most injury-prone duos in the NBA playing alongside Kawhi Leonard.NEXT: NBA Fans React To Donovan Mitchell's Achievement