Mailbag: Should the Heat pursue a trade for Paul George?

That means L.A. could wait a year and have a good chance to sign George as a free agent next summer without having to give anything up. Paul George might be demanding a trade now, so the Pacers will find a suitable spot to move him later on.

While the Lakers will likely hold onto their No. 2 overall selection and take Lonzo Ball the former point guard at UCLA, they have not ruled out moving that pick if the right situation were to arise.

A deal with the Lakers might be harder to work out as that franchise is aiming to build around the young players it has been collecting in recent seasons.

He missed out on making the All-NBA team, which meant the Pacers could not offer him a five-year, $207 million Designated Player Veteran Exception.

Following a blockbuster trade that sent D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn ahead of the draft, the Lakers have some serious cap space available.

The Pacers now know for sure they won't be able to keep Paul George in the long term, so they've set about trying to get value for him via trade. There's no assurance George won't fall in love with his new team, especially if they go all the way to next year's NBA Finals.

Bird stepped down from the role this spring, seemingly paving the way for moving George. Each team has something that would interest the Pacers in a trade. "I'm really looking forward to next summer". 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.

The other factor in play has to due with current Cavs' general manager David Griffin, whose contract expires on June 30. The Lakers are actively shopping the 27th, 28th overall picks in this years draft along with Jordan Clarkson, and/or Julius Randle.

George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals this season, while shooting over 39 percent from 3-point territory.

National Basketball Association trade rumors are building steam a couple of days leading up to the National Basketball Association draft, with the Lakers being no exception. Because if they had given the yes in Sacramento, the Lakers would have gone directly to Paul George.

  • Julie Sanders