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The Lakers could be dealing for Paul George, Jimmy Butler prefers the Cavs, and a Kristaps Porzingis trade is on the table

A few years and Warriors championships are going to pass before we know who won this week’s trade between Philadelphia and Boston for the first pick. Time could show that Danny Ainge took the best player with the third selection, or Boston could have to watch as Markelle Fultz becomes the greatest playmaker of the draft class. Other decisions, like Dan Gilbert failing to retain David Griffin, have no clouds in the mystic ball, just the word “MISTAKE” in Comic Sans.

As the chaos continues to shake up the NBA landscape (or, at least, the NBA Twitter landscape), we’ll be keeping track of who various moves and rumors are good for right here, live.

Pacers and Lakers in Talks Over a Potential Paul George Deal

(Not) Good for: the Lakers’ asset collection

The Lakers want to speed up Paul George’s anticipated move to La La Land, and the Pacers are listening, ESPN reported.

Sunday, The Vertical reported that Paul George told Indiana executives that he was planning on leaving when his opt-out kicks in next summer. It was comforting news for the Lakers: His interest in relocating to Los Angeles has been well-documented, and now the organization wouldn’t have to give away assets to acquire him. It appeared like waiting for the hometown kid to return on his own was exactly what Magic Johnson planned on: Ramona Shelburne reported that the Lakers showed no “inclination yet of surrendering anything for a player they can get in free agency.”

But it didn’t even take a spin cycle for other teams, like Boston and Cleveland, to enter the conversation for trading the one-year rental, and they’re reportedly joined

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