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

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

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

For the Lakers, who are presumed to be taking Lonzo Ball in the draft Thursday, landing George would be a significant step toward luring other stars as Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka rebuild the team.

Some NBA mock drafts have the Pacers selecting another big man. Names being circulated on who the Pacers could pick at no. 18 include UCLA forward T.J. Leaf or his teammate Ike Anigbogu.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that George has told the Pacers he plans to leave the franchise when he enters free agency in 2018. Los Angeles would need to create salary-cap space in order to sign George next summer. The max contract the team can now offer George is a five-year, $177 million extension. They could free up space by renouncing Randle and freeing themselves of his $12 million cap hold, but that's the least attractive route. It's a fact that could depress the trade market for him, to the Lakers' advantage.

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It's not a good time to be a fan of the Indiana Pacers. Recently, George had planned on evaluating his future and letting the Pacers know of his decision and it appears he's come to a final verdict. George McGinnis is number one on the list with 19.6 points per game.

"His mind is in the right place in terms of the type of players I want to play with and be around", George said of his meeting with Pritchard.

The Lakers have the clear advantage at this poker table. Or they can move now and trade for the All-Star wing this summer. Or do they bank that George will find his way to matter what happens in 2018 - a risk, but given that George has been adamant about wanting to play in Los Angeles, one that puts the odds heavily in their favor.

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