By now, it’s no secret Indiana Pacers star Paul George wants to join Los Angeles Lakers. It may happen soon.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Pacers and Lakers are discussing deals to send George to Los Angeles. Recent trade talks with other teams, including the Cavaliers, may have forced their hand.
Adrian Wojnarowski recently explained why it would be a risk if the Lakers waited for other teams to make offers for George (via Yahoo):
It’s one thing for Paul George right now to believe he’s going to the Lakers. But the season and ending up somewhere else – and I think there’s only a couple places that could happen – could change that. And I think, to me, it forces the Lakers to get involved in this in the next couple days and make a representative offer of some kind.
Earlier today, the Lakers were rumored to be shopping Russell for a Top 12 draft pick. It’s worth mentioning George shares an agent with Russell and Julius Randle, who will likely want to keep all three in Los Angeles. Other clients who work with the agent include Duke’s Luke Kennard and Oregon’s Jordan Bell.
Both Kennard and Bell have worked out with the franchise in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft.
The Lakers, who may not want to move the No. 2 pick, also have the No. 28 pick in the draft.
If George goes to Los Angeles via trade, they acquire his Bird Rights. This means he can have a five-year contract rather than four.
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