Cavaliers were close to landing Paul George but Pacers backed out of trade, report says

The Cavaliers have had a stagnant offseason but it apparently wasn’t for the lack of effort.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “The Jump” Tuesday the Cavs, under interim general manager Koby Altman, were actually very close to getting a trade done for former Pacers All-Star Paul George.

“Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George,” Wojnarowski reported. “It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert. Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal.”

The Pacers accepted the best offer for George which was with the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Even though that may not seem like a gigantic haul, it’s more than the Cavaliers wanted to give up as they have reportedly been unwilling to part ways with Kevin Love this offseason.

“Listen, [Gregg Popovich] been doing this for 10 years, 12 years, 15 years and everybody was like, ‘You know what? That’s the smartest thing Pop has ever done,” James said, via ESPN.com. “Give his guys a couple games off and here they go and win five championships. That’s the smartest thing.’ But some of our coaches in our league don’t have the stature that Pop has and our head coach doesn’t have it, so he gets killed for it.

“So, I got to keep winning to help my coach be able to have a reason why he can sit his players.”

A week before James was benched, Popovich rested his stars as New England Patriots Cheap Jerseys did Warriors coach Steve Kerr Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys in an anticipated Saturday night matchup between the two teams much to the chagrin of fans and ABC.

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