February 24, 2017 | 3:47 pm EST Update
“Here’s the issue with Paul George: he’s made it clear that if he’s going to leave Indiana, he’s going home to L.A.,” said Wojnarowski. “He grew up in southern California. Big Kobe Bryant fan. His dad is a big Magic Johnson fan. Obviously Magic is running the organization now. “The direction that I was told that the Lakers got in the last couple of days was ‘hey, don’t gut your team to go get Paul George.’
“Magic Johnson did lob a call to Larry Bird, but if you’re the Lakers and you don’t have a tremendous amount of assets, they have some young players they hope will develop. They’re going to sit back and wait to sign him as a free agent. They’re going to have cap space in 2018. “If they were to try to trade for him, they would have to give up the core of their team and Paul George is going to have no one to play with there. “I think this is how the Pacers are looking at this. All things being equal, they know that Paul George would rather be in L.A., but they are not equal.”
“There’s definitely enough time to where I can get into a good rhythm,” Love said Friday, in his first public comments since undergoing surgery Feb. 14 to remove “loose bodies” from his left knee. “I don’t know what the (plan is) as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. (Smith) and myself, we’ll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever (the start of the playoffs is) in April.” The timetable the Cavs gave (at the recommendation of doctors) for Love’s absence is six weeks. Love said he expects to be out that long, which would put his return to the court somewhere around March 28 — Cleveland plays that night in Boston.
Representatives of Steve Ballmer and Stan Kroenke, two of the richest owners in professional sports, have had multiple discussions about the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers in the sports and entertainment district Kroenke is building in Inglewood.