Paul George and LeBron James, pictured during the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, are reportedly both targets of the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron owns a home in Los Angeles, and his wife has apparently expressed her desire to live in the Lakers hometown.
Keep in mind, the Pacers don't want to be left empty-handed if the 27-year-old gets the opportunity to walk away in free agency in the summer of 2018.
As the countdown to the 2017 NBA Draft continues, two win-now teams loom over the biggest story in the sport: Paul George's impending exit from the Indiana Pacers. According to multiple reports, one of those teams vying for George's contract is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The hope would be that walking away from $77 million guaranteed is more hard than passing on $47 million that he could theoretically make back by signing a new contract after the four years of his new contract expires. IN can offer him a five-year, $177 million extension as opposed to the four-year deal the Lakers are permitted to offer. As Los Angeles' management reshapes its roster, George could be a lure to recruit other top available players to the Lakers.
If the Clippers are able to resign Blake Griffin, they would surely look to trade him midseason. That didn't happen, and George doesn't have to worry about leaving $70 million plus on the table by leaving the Pacers. Love teamed with James and Kyrie Irving to help the Cavs reach three straight finals and signed a five-year, $110 million maximum contract to remain in Cleveland in 2015.
"There are teams around the league that are interested in Paul George who are rooting for him to be traded to the Lakers now, so that he goes there and they suck".
A report by the Los Angeles Times suggested that if trades like this continue for the Lakers, the purple and gold could quickly be a super team again. George averaged 23.7 points per game during the 2016-17 season while shooting 46.1 percent from the field.
Favale admits this scenario is unlikely to pass, ranking it seventh out of seven potential trades for George. He also spent several years under Bird in IN, which gives him the familiarity of the roster and George to make an informed decision.
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