Report: Lakers Are “In The Process of Trying To Land” Paul George
The Los Angles Lakers are in the process of trying to get the franchise out of this 4-year funk they’ve been in, and they started by relieving GM Kupchak and Jim Buss of their duties with the team.
On Wednesday, the Lakers were also reportedly “in the process of trying to land” Indiana Pacers star Paul George, whether through trade or during free agency, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. He also reported that the “landscape is complicated elsewhere, too, in large part because of his desire to sign with the Lakers if the Pacers experience simply doesn’t pan out.”
If any other squad wants to trade for him now, don’t get too excited as The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski explains the risk of going after Paul George right now.
“For teams considering a trade for George, here’s the risk: As a free agent in the summer of 2018, he has considered re-signing with Indiana or joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell The Vertical.
Teams trading for George run the risk of losing the four-time All-Star to a Lakers franchise that will have the salary-cap space to sign him in 2018. The Lakers’ hiring of Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations will be an interesting twist to George’s free-agent recruitment, given that Johnson has been something of a George family icon going back to George’s childhood in nearby Palmdale, Calif.”
Paul George has stated publicly that he wants to win the franchise’s first NBA title, but would not guarantee that he’ll sign a contract extension this offseason.
“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team,” George said on the program. “I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it (all). That’s important. Say what you want; I want to compete for something. It’s frustrating just playing the game for stats or for numbers or to showcase yourself. Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.
“I want to be the first to bring a championship to Indiana. So that’s still on my mind … and something I definitely want to achieve in Indiana.”