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Lakers unwilling to part with young talent in Paul George trade

19 June 2017
Lakers unwilling to part with young talent in Paul George trade

The Vertical reported Monday (AEDT) that sources indicate George would prefer to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the Pacers, it's an unfortunate bit of news that suddenly changes their summer plans drastically.

George will be 28 years old after next season.

The pressure is now put on IN if they hope to receive something IN return for George by possibly trading him before free agency begins IN 2018.

For the Lakers, the reaction was very different.

Plenty of big moves may be made on the night of the NBA Draft, which is on June 22, but fans should probably not be surprised if one involving Paul George is not among them.

The Lakers would still have around $5.5 million and their room mid-level exception to sign free agents. Knowing the star plans to leave one year from now, the Pacers will nearly be forced to move him. This speculation is believed to have rooted from the fact that he wants a homecoming to Southern California and to play with the purple and gold team.

Although George would constitute a significant acquisition for Los Angeles, the rebuilding Lakers do not now intend to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

George, a four-time All-Star, had a strong season in 2016-17, averaging 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists and led the Pacers to the playoffs.

So, acquiring George probably would be a one-year rental - depending on when/if the Cavs trade for him - but if James is bolting Cleveland in 2018 then it doesn't really matter. Despite battling two Cavaliers most of the time, George still scored 29, 32, 36 and 15 points in the four games. Unfortunately for them, the All-Star player reportedly showed no interest, as he does not see himself wearing other jerseys except for his current team.