Lakers and Pacers in trade talks for Paul George

The Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers are engaged in Paul George trade discussions as Thursday's NBA Draft draws near, according to league sources.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that George told the Pacers he won't re-sign with the franchise at the end of the 2017-18 season and wants to play for the Lakers.

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.

The Lakers were reportedly resisting trading for Paul George. "Playing alongside Washington's backcourt of Beal and John Wall, after all, would be the selling point for George in D.C".

  • Julie Sanders