With the the NBA teams who haven’t made to Playoffs including the Indiana Pacers now officially headed into their offseason. The intrigue thickens with regards to the long-term future of All-Star forward Paul George.
The NBA trade rumors have again swirling around the league about Paul George’s intentions to play for the Los Angeles Lakers should the Indiana Pacers can’t put together a championship-caliber roster. The-26-year-old Paul George, who selected by the Pacers with the 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Fresno State, may have let his intentions be known well before this offseason.
It was never secret that the four-time NBA All-Star George over the long haul wanted to play with the Los Angeles Lakers:
“He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.”
Not only that he indeed have his guts pronouncing his intent on ultimately playing with the Lakers, but Magic Johnson may be single-minded to make it happen. Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers higher-ups are hopelessly looking for a young core star player and hope to have one on its active roster for the 2017-18 season in order to have a representative in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game which is scheduled to be held at the Staples Center.
Meanwhile, the Lakers franchise president Jeanie Buss recently stated that she’d be heartbroken if the Purple-and-Gold franchise didn’t have a professional basketball player in the All-Star Game for next year. Intelligibly, the Los Angeles Lakers executives are pretty motivated to make that happen, most especially Johnson, per Sporting News:
“So it’s no surprise that Johnson will probably pursue George and set out to build a title team around him, according to multiple sources who have known Johnson over the years.”
Although Johnson and the Lakers front-office may take a run at landing Paul George in a trade negotiation this offseason, their only center of attention right now is the impending 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. The franchise has 46.9 percentage of chances of retaining their draft picks and will have to wait to see if the balls rebound their way on May 16th when the big annual lottery event takes place.
Should the Los Angeles keep their top-three overall pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft, it’ll be interesting to witness if the Lakers try to trade its precious draft selection it or bring in another young versatile player like Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Markelle Fultz (Washington), or Josh Jackson (Kansas) depending on their draft orders.
The Lakers wants star powerful player that can lead the franchise but may have to sacrifice other priority player in order to do so.