Offer reportedly on the table from Lakers for Paul George

Earlier on Tuesday, the team chose to ship D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov's unfavorable contract to Brooklyn in exchange for Brook Lopez's expiring deal and a late first round pick in this year's draft.

The player the Lakers are targeting is Paul George.

With two picks at the end of the first round, here are four players the Los Angeles Lakers should consider drafting with those two picks.

Also, could Paul George and Jimmy Butler be on the move?

And if the Lakers really were offering to give up the No. 2 pick, they apparently were willing to pass on an opportunity to draft former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball.

Brad Turner of Los Angeles reported that the Lakers offered the 27th, 28th pick, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle for Paul George, but that did not sit well with the Pacers because they wanted at least a top ten pick included in the package for George. To land either Butler or George, sources say, Cleveland knows it would have to assemble a three-team (or more) trade -- likely costing them All-Star forward Kevin Love - to manufacture the top-five draft pick Chicago and IN are known to covet IN exchange for surrendering their respective best players. He averaged a team-high 20.5 points last season for Brooklyn and owns career averages of 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in nine seasons with the Nets.

Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy has said repeatedly that he expected the 30-year-old Baynes to opt out and seek a better deal, the Detroit Free Press reports.

  • Julie Sanders