Major Update on Paul George to the New York Knicks Rumors

The New York Knicks may not be interested in LA Clippers star Paul George
Dec 16, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) moves the ball against New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 16, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) moves the ball against New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have been one team consistently rumored to have interest in LA Clippers star Paul George. These rumors intensified last summer when it was reported some places the Clippers were accepting calls on George, but the star forward was ultimately not dealt.

When those rumors were circulating, it was also reported several places that New York had reservations about George's age and desire to sign another max contract. According to a recent report from Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Knicks have never seriously pursued George, seemingly due to those same reservations.

"The Knicks have kicked George’s name around before, according to league sources, but they never seriously pursued him in a deal," Katz wrote. "Even if the basketball fit is perfection, he’s 34, five years older than anyone in their current rotation, and has a history of injuries — though he played 74 games this past season for the first time in five years."

New York is always in the mix whenever a star player becomes available, and while George would be a great basketball fit, it seems his age, injury history, and contract situation make him someone the Knicks will pass on pursuing this summer. Acquiring George would also be very complicated for the Knicks, as the nine-time All-Star has a lot of say in what his future looks like due to his player option.

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Joey Linn is a credentialed writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated's FanNation. Covering the LA Clippers independently in 2018, then for Fansided and 213Hoops from 2019-2021, Joey joined Sports Illustrated's FanNation to cover the Clippers after the 2020-21 season. Graduating from Biola University in 2022 with a Communication Studies degree, Joey served as Biola's play-by-play announcer for their basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams during his time in school. Joey's work on Biola's broadcasts, combined with his excellence in the classroom, earned him the Outstanding Communication Studies Student of the year award in 2022. Joey covers the NBA full-time across multiple platforms, primarily serving as a credentialed Clippers beat writer.