February 23 is just around the corner and NBA teams that are struggling seem to be getting frantic about their wheeling and dealing. One of the hottest names being thrown around the table is Paul George of the Indiana Pacers. It seems his name is involved in trade deals with the Detroit Pistons.
Is Paul George Involved In A Five-Player Deal With The Detroit Pistons?
Current NBA trade rumors involve George with other four NBA players. This five-player deal would have George and Monta Ellis going to Detroit, but the Pistons would have to give up Stanley Johnson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Tobias Harris. Detroit would also have to give up a first-round choice in 2017, a second-round choice in 2018 and a first-round pick in 2019.
The Pistons Have A Very High Price To Pay
Admittedly, this is a heavy requirement for the Pistons, but things can drastically change when a team is approaching a trade deadline. In this respect, the Pistons may still get George without sacrificing Johnson. Some NBA trade rumors say this trade could be what the team needs to get them back on track.
The Orlando Magic Turned Down DeMarcus Cousins?
Meanwhile, it seems that the Orlando Magic had their chance to acquire DeMarcus Cousins but did not pursue the deal with the Sacramento Kings. There are NBA trade rumors suggesting that Rob Hennigan, Magic's General Manager, was concerned about acquiring Cousins. Apparently, he considers Cousins as a 'high maintenance' player and building the team around him might pose some problems.
Will This Make Cousins Untradeable?
With this development, NBA trade rumors are saying that Cousins might become untradeable. But some analysts say that is stretching the consequences too much. The reality could be that if the Kings are not able to trade their big man, it could be because there are no better options for both teams during the trade negotiations.