At the 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers will have the No. 2 and 28 picks. As Lonzo Ball is reportedly the ‘heavy favorite’ for the team’s first selection, much of the attention remains on Paul George’s future with the Indiana Pacers.
After being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, George has been linked with his hometown team as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2017-18 NBA season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers are ‘pretty confident’ in signing George even if the Pacers move him before next year’s trade deadline:
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) May 18, 2017
Over the last four years, the Lakers have been unable to land an All-Star caliber player in free agency. However, the storied franchise has successfully established a young core and hired head coach Luke Walton. In addition, there is new energy with the front office led by President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.
If this latest report is true, this is the ideal situation for both the Lakers and George. It would eliminate the risk of George being just a one-year rental while allowing him to play with the young core of Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle.
George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in his seventh season.