Q: Ira, with rumors of the Clippers looking to trade Paul George, is a possible trade of a sign-and-trade of Goran Dragic for Paul George a possibility? Maybe Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn are also involved. -- Joel.
A: Even if a team agrees to engineer a sign-and-trade, it still comes down to a player being willing to relocate to a specific destination, just as when Jimmy Butler targeted the Heat in the 2019 offseason. I’m not sure that the Clippers would be a destination of choice for Goran Dragic, nor do I believe the Heat would ever dare push him to accept a destination of their choice. Plus, such a move would leave the Heat without an upper-tier point guard, even if you believe Tyler Herro could make a fulltime transition to the point. As for Paul George, at this point, not sure how he fits or where he fits, let alone alongside Jimmy Butler. He hardly looked in the playoffs like the must-have player the Clippers overpaid for during the 2019 offseason in their trade with the Thunder. If the Heat were to go with a big trade this offseason, I think it might be in a direction other than toward Paul George. Of course, if the price was right . . .
Q: Adam Silver still thinks we’re playing 82 games next season? We might as well eliminate the first 20 games or so, so we can be back on a basketball schedule. -- Will.
A: Unless the NBA is going to permanently alter its schedule, then there will have to be a point where a shortened season is the solution. Granted, with so much lost revenue already, conceding additional lost revenue will be a difficult economic reality to stomach. But if the pandemic continues to prove limiting, then a limited 2020-21 schedule might prove to be the most viable approach, especially if the NBA can begin to recover revenue lost when it was blacked out in China.
Q: Tyler Herro moves so quickly and smoothly on the court and shoots so well. Who do you think he reminds you of even at his young age? I think he is the next Stephen Curry. -- Irv, Boynton Beach.
A: Can we please not do that?
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