As the NBA Trade Deadline nears on Thursday, at 3pm/EST, teams are scrambling to make that one deal to change the culture of their organization for the better. One superstar up for grabs, Indiana Pacers forward and 4-time NBA All-Star, Paul George, who is in his last year of his contract with the Pacers. George, who is a native of the Los Angeles area, maybe looking to make a return to his hometown.
According to USA TODAY on Wednesday, the Lakers are “in the process of trying to land” Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.
On Thursday morning, teams interested in trading for George are pessimistic on making a deal since George has made his opinion known about where he would like to go. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Lakers waiting for George to hit his free agency in 2018, “Seems more likely.”
According to ESPN,
“Paul George wants to win with Pacers, Plan B is Lakers. He won’t commit long-term outside those two.”
The Lakers did gain a first round pick in their recent trade with the Houston Rockets in exchange for Lou Williams this week. That pick can aid in helping the Lakers land George from the Pacers. George, 26, averages 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and took the Pacers to the Eastern Conference championship against the Miami Heat in a thrilling match-up two years in a row. Though, the Pacers fell short of the NBA Finals in both match-ups against LeBron and the Heat.