Paul George to the Lakers? All the possible ways it can happen

LeBron-to-the-Lakers in 2018 Would Be Great for the NBA Especially if Paul George Joins Him

LeBron-to-the-Lakers in 2018 Would Be Great for the NBA Especially if Paul George Joins Him

Growing up in southern California, the Lakers are the favorite to lure him to their team in next offseason.

IN lost the opportunity to sign George to a Designated Player Veteran Exception when he missed the All-Star Game this year, but reading the situation at this point it's hard to tell if that would have been a huge swing for the Pacers as they tried to keep their star.

Paul George says he's committed to playing for the Indiana Pacers next season. IN can offer him a five-year, $177 million extension as opposed to the four-year deal the Lakers are permitted to offer, but off-court endorsements could offset much of that difference.

That said, the Pacers' best move is to trade George. They're holding the cards, but also face the biggest predicament. It's a fact that could depress the trade market for him, to the Lakers' advantage. As noted above, L.A. can still give George a $130 million contract.

Thomas shoots 63 in US Open third round
His putt on 18 slotted him at 11 under and two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman and Tommy Fleetwood . However, that would have to wait until the 18th as he left it low and walked away with a birdie.

It's not a good time to be a fan of the Indiana Pacers.

The Lakers could take the guess work out of this process by orchestrating a trade for George now. The first tweet from Lakers president of basketball operations after the George report came out seemed to indicate that he was pretty pleased with the whole ordeal, while managing to be vague enough that he didn't violate any tampering rules.

George is scheduled to make $19.5 million next season. The Lakers can wait for 2018 and clear space to sign PG-13 outright. Or do they bank that George will find his way to L.A.no 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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