Paul George, mum on future, urges Pacers to sign better players

The Cavaliers might have to go to Plan B for finding a way to dethrone Golden State if Plan A involved trading with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Obviously, George didn't need to tell the Pacers of his plans. That's all that needs to really be known. I'm here. I'm a Pacer. I'm here. I'm a Pacer. "This is my team, my group and this is where I'm at".

But the latest report isn't surprising. Do they trade for George now and assure that he'll be a Laker, giving up a pick and a player like Julius Randle or D'Angelo Russell? With George said to be leaning toward signing with the Los Angeles Lakers next summer, the expectation is that he would only be a rental for a team like Cleveland.

The Lakers can sign George to a four-year max deal worth $130 million, which they plan to offer him. This summer, rumors have surfaced with all sorts of possibilities: IN dealing George to Cleveland for Kevin Love, trading George to the Boston Celtics for the top pick IN next week's draft, even George and LeBron James pairing up with the Lakers after next season.

Since then, George has been a consistent all-star and at one point had the Pacers as a possible threat to take down the Miami Heat during the four seasons Lebron James was a member of the team.

George is scheduled to make $19.5 million next season.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers "do not now intend to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers". The former is hard.

This seems like the most logical approach for the Lakers.

Paul George informed the Pacers on Sunday of his pending decision to leave IN when his unrestricted free agency hits IN 2018. The Lakers could trade any one of their top-paid players - Deng, Mozgov, or Clarkson - or could package guys like Young, Black, or Brewer together.

  • Stacy Allen