Paul George plans to leave Pacers, favors Lakers

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They have reportedly stated that certain assets are off limits if they engage the Pacers in trade talks. Instead, George has aspirations to join the Lakers, which also features some of Mintz's other clients, including guard D'Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle. If Pat Riley can reach a deal for George, he will immediately begin a recruiting pitch to try and sell George on signing a long term extension in 2018.

The Indiana Pacers were working to do their due diligence to create the framework for potential deals involving George at the deadline, so the fact that George is close to being traded probably shouldn't be shocking either.

The 27-year-old George is from Palmdale, Calif., a desert town about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. George wants to play for the Lakers, meaning his new team (if it's not LA) would only get him for one year. Boston's recent agreement to trade the No. 1 overall draft pick sparked some speculation the team could be hunting other deals this summer.

The problem for IN is IN creating a sense of urgency for teams to try and land George. But keep in mind the Pacers have minimal leverage now that George has made it known he's saying sayonara a year from now, so anything could happen. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him.

Citing sources, NBA.com's David Aldridge reported Tuesday the Lakers talked to the Sacramento Kings about flipping the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's draft in exchange for pick Nos.

George's name was involved in trade rumors during February's trade deadline as well. The report added that George's motivation for disclosing this to Pritchard was to allow the Pacers to plan for a future without him. They couldn't even get a meeting with Kevin Durant last summer.

The Clippers are sick and exhausted of being the red-headed step-child in Los Angeles and they plan to do something about it.

I would stay far away from George.

Paul George to the Cavaliers would help them become a more uptempo basketball team, thus giving them a better chance at keeping up against the Golden State Warriors.

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