This Paul George trade to the Knicks sends the Clippers into a rebuild

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Paul George, LA Clippers
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Paul George to NYC for a promising young core

One of the only ways the LA Clippers would trade Paul George is if they received a promising future in return. Through this trade with the Knicks, LA will have multiple building blocks and a proven veteran who has been searching for a home.

Furthermore, the first and most important player the LA Clippers will receive is the former third-overall pick, RJ Barrett. As he is only 22 years old and brings no health concerns, Barrett is the ideal franchise piece for a city like Los Angeles.

Although his efficiency may raise concerns, those issues can be solved by head coach Tyronn Lue and his staff. On the bright side, Barrett is exceptional around the rim and has the potential to become an elite defensive player. It is just a matter of time and proper development before the Duke product propels to the top of the league.

The second player in this trade is the late first-round draft pick, Quentin Grimes. Not only is he the most valuable player in this package, but his two-way potential is through the roof. Throughout his sophomore year, he proved himself by averaging 11.3 points and 3.2 rebounds with a true shooting percentage of 61.9. Additionally, he was widely regarded as the best defender on the Knicks with his quick feet and active hands.

The final piece of this blockbuster package is Evan Fournier, a player who would thrive under Lue’s coaching. He is clearly looking for a fresh start, and a trade to LA is exactly what he needs. Fournier would be perfect off the bench next to Norman Powell, as these two could compete for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

In addition, the LA Clippers would receive multiple draft picks in return.