Lakers and Pacers in trade talks for Paul George
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:17
After a glance at the Wizards roster, I don't see how the Wizards could acquire George without sending dealing Porter to the Pacers or elsewhere. However, the Lakers have been reluctant to give up the #2 pick in the draft and they would not be willing to part ways with a promising young talent in Ingram.
No interested teams are mentioned above (except the Los Angeles Lakers not being involved).
However, the Lakers could also risk losing the star forward to a championship contender such as Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics - two teams that have expressed interest in a Paul George trade. The Lakers have the cap room and assets to lure George away now but why do it this early?
The 27-year-old George is from Palmdale, Calif., a desert town about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.
Earlier today, news came out of IN that All-Star forward Paul George's camp has informed the team that George does not intend to re-sign with them next off-season and his preference is to come home and play for the purple and gold IN 2018.
Instead of corralling a worthy package in February, Indiana is looking for a panic-time deal involving George, one they hope to close ahead of Friday's draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have had trade discussions with IN, hoping a one-year rental on a championship-caliber roster could entice him to stay longer. It's probably a safe conjecture to make that Magic Johnson won't want to give up many assets to get the All-Star forward - even more so than any other team on the market for George.
Former Brooklyn Nets executive Bobby Marks tweeted that the Lakers do not have space to add a maximum salary player in 2018 and would need to trade contracts to make room for George.
During the 2016-17 campaign, when bidding teams would have won George's services for a year and a half, Pacers president Larry Bird received multiple significant offers for the four-time All-Star. Knowing that and realizing they will lose George for nothing, the Indiana Pacers have an incentive to deal him, and the Lakers have an incentive to trade for him now.