3. Paul George
Prime PG-13 could be the perfect wing partner for Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. Having a 6’8 option that is an elite scorer and defender who can handle the ball, make plays, rebound, and guard multiple positions is a cheat code. The eight-time All-Star has made four All-Defensive teams, and is truly a standout two-way player.
He appears to be past his prime, though. George is still producing elite numbers, but he has struggled to stay healthy. His 189 games played over the last four years are rough, and his best was 56 last season. There is no guarantee he will be healthy when the games matter most, which makes it hard to see the Clippers getting a superstar return for the eight-time All-Star.
Things could be about to change in LA. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have one year plus a player option left on their contracts. The Clippers have not been afraid to spend since Steve Ballmer took over, but do they want to lock up their current superstars long-term after missing so many games in their first four years with the team?
It is not an easy decision, and the Clippers could explore the trade market. If the Atlanta Hawks believe they can keep him healthy, Paul George could push them to the next level and give the franchise a chance against any team in the playoffs.