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Was offering four first-round picks for Paul George really worth it?

May 19th, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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On Thursday, we learned that the Atlanta Hawks offered four first-round picks for Paul George back around the trade deadline. The fact that Atlanta tried to trade for George isn’t exactly news, but the full extent of the offer raises several questions. Did Indiana ever consider something like this? Would this deal have crippled the Hawks a few years down the road? And finally, what does an offer of this magnitude say about how Atlanta is looking at team building?

There are good answers to all of these questions, but the main takeaway is that this is a huge offer that may have ultimately hurt both teams had it gone through. Secondly, it points to an interesting team-building philosophy from the Hawks, one that seems to be the polar opposite of the franchise’s tactics in recent years. And ultimately, it may be for the best that this deal never went though.

First of all, there’s no doubt that Paul George is a fantastic player. His numbers suffered this year, and his absence from the all-NBA teams isn’t terribly surprising. In my mind, the best way to think about George’s talent is this: he didn’t deserve all-NBA honors this season, but over the course of his career he is easily that caliber of player. And adding George to this Hawks team would have unquestionably made it better.

However, it doesn’t appear that Indiana ever …

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