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NBA News: Paul George Discusses Upcoming Free Agency, Lakers

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Everyone is already talking about next summer when the Los Angeles Lakers have ample cap room to possibly sign two superstars.

One free agent that will heavily be mentioned is current Pacer and Southern California native, Paul George. Although he is a restricted free agent and it’s highly likely that the Pacers will match any offers, George remains a free agent target for the Lakers.

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George is currently working out in Los Angeles and spent some time with Colin Cowherd on ESPN 710AM to discuss his upcoming free agency and the possibilities of joining the Lakers:

“Well, I’m still in Indiana. Just trying to bypass all the rumors and all the media trying to blow up stuff. My heart is still in Indiana. I’m still a Pacer and hopefully I’ll remain a Pacer.”

When asked if it would be difficult saying “no” to Kobe Bryant, George discussed how Los Angeles would be an ideal situation because of his family and growing up in California:

“Of course it’d be tough. You’re talking about playing at home, playing in LA where your family — that’s what your family grew up on. It’d be big as far as it being the family favorite team. But again, it’s about me and my career. I think where I’m at will do the job for me.”

Despite acknowledging that joining the Lakers would be ideal, it appears that George is extremely loyal and comfortable with the Pacers. He believes the team has enough to compete for championships and his first priority is to remain with the Pacers.

Although it sounds like George will remain with the Pacers, a lot can change from now to next summer. Regardless of what happens, the Lakers will still pursue him and hope he can be the future franchise player after Kobe Bryant decides to retire.

This past season, Paul George was named the Most Improved Player as he averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.

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  • Lakers#1

    Paul George would be a great addition for the Lakers, but he’s a restricted free agent, pacers will match any offer! :(

    • richard

      the player still has to decide which team he will play even if his previous team can match the offer of another team, right? If that is the case, I do think that Paul George will become a Laker next year.

      If this can be had: a lineup of Cousins, JHill, George, Kobe, Farmar is as strong as any team in the league can build.

      I love Cousins’ game. If FO can acquire him next year… I would prefer having him and Paul George over to complement Kobe.

      Consider this team:

      Center = Gasol/Kaman
      PF = Cousins/J. HIll
      SF = George/W.Johnson
      SG = Kobe/Young
      PG = Farmar/Nash

  • Jeff23

    “19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.1 rebounds.”?

  • Freshgod

    Dwight said his heart was with Orlando

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      He never had a heart, He is the “Clown in the Circus” that just left town.

  • LAKERNATIONCapt’n

    Haterz stop it… just stop! Believe or not, right now July 16, 2013 LAKERS have a possible Banner team now, as far as I can see. Look at the shooters….. KOBE, Nick Young, Ryan Kelly from DUKE, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmer, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson. All of them can score and go on hot streaks! If you think or thought LakeShow was “tanking” the season, you got the wrong NBA Franchise. LAKERS never tanked a season… you better ask somebody.

    Sorry, but Houston Rockets ain’t better than the LAKERS.. neither are the San Wacktonio Spurs or OKC. LOLLOLLOL! :)

    • TeddyOrwell

      The Lakers are doing okay. D’Antoni’s system is one that needs a particular type of personnel for it to run right (lots of young, quick shooters), and they have made some good additions. They may make some more additions, who knows?

      People seem to think Pau is “past it” or something, but he was one of the best players in the 2012 Olympics, and the best player on the Spanish team that won the silver medal. The Dwight experiment totally disrupted his season last year. That was an aberration.

      I’m looking forward to seeing what this new squad can do. Of course, they won’t be at full strength until Kobe gets back and gets back in the groove. Oh, and people can forget tanking. The Lakers don’t tank. And Kobe DEFINITELY doesn’t tank anything ever.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

        I agree with your assessments, and Pau should stay. Though he may looked like over paid, it was part of his salary negotiations on his contract and nothing to do with what he now does. His lack of efficiency play has a lot to do with the position and task he was given to. I am very excited that the circus was gone, no more interruptions and can seriously play and contend this time. Given his free movement to the position he is comfortably been doing for more than 10yrs, he can be back to form and still do 20/10 at any given day. About D’Antoni’s system, no argument there. He can set any team to play like Usain Bolt on the Olympics if he’s got the players, and that is a big “IF”. The flaw of this system was his lack of preparations. He needs to have his bench of youngsters ready with fresh legs to do the work. Not his aging superstars of Nash, Kobe and Gasol. Having 6-7 player rotation does not help the cause either, he will just tanked out everyone before the finish line, injuring or killing them in the process. Mitch K have been doing his job diligently again as he has shown in the last week or so, and D’Antoni must turn all his hard work to fruition or he will next to “The Circus” and “Mike Brown” packing on the way out of town.

      • Jim213

        Pau can’t seem to incorporate his international play to his recent NBA play. Although, management should seriously consider a three team trade before the trade deadline next season. Pau is alright but lacks consistency especially when he’s being paid close to $20 million.

        • TeddyOrwell

          It’s hard for him to be consistent if he can play his low post game. With Dwight around he was relegated to being a midrange jumpshooter. I expect to see a different Pau this season.

          • Jim213

            His best play was under the triangle offense, since?… However, only time will tell though management should pay close attention and trade him before the trade deadline if it’s merited.

        • k2

          Agree with u 100% he needs to play like he does on the spanish national team. Jus b a beast with high intensity and b aggressive not passive and tentative if he can play like that with the lakers damn we would b a surprise team next season

          • Jim213

            Agreed, if Odom can still be signed as the 13th or 14th man then Gasol likely be placed at Center like Nash and others believe he’d fit best. It’s very likely too with the cap that management will trade a few players to alleviate the tax given that they’re close to $5 mil over.

    • Jim213

      Agree, though we’d still need Lamar and someone like Ronnie Brewer for some D.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I think the Lakers are better than last year. I don’t think Howard will be missed.

  • ersliva

    I WAS LOOKING AT NEXT YEARS FREE AGENTS AND IT WOULD BE WISE FOR THE LAKERS TO RESIGN BRYANT AND GASOL AND GO AFTER THE GREAT YOUNGSTERS SO KOBE CAN TEACH THEM HIS DEDICATION AND DESIRE TO BE THE BEST PLAYERS LIKE DAVIS FROM THE PELICANS AND IRVIN FROM THE BOBCATS ALONG WITH BARNES FROM THE WARRIORS OR PARSONS FROM THE ROCKETS…IF YOU HAD THOSE THREE NBA YOUNGSTERS TO START WITH GASOL AND BRYANT YOU HAVE A DYNASTY BECAUSE AFTER GASOLO AND KOBE RETIRES THEY STILL BE HERE AND WOULD THEN ENTERING THEIR PRIMES…..

    SO FORGET ABOUT JAMES AND ANTHONY AND ANY OTHER SUPERSTAR ALREADY IN THEIR PRIMES…GO AFTER THE YOUNGER STARS THAT HAVENT YET REACHED THEIR PRIMES TO LEARN FROM KOBE AND PAU THE FOLLOWING FEW YEARS…..

    THEY HAVE NEXT YEAR TO DEVELOPE A DYNASTY IF LITTLE JIMMY WORKS IT RIGHT….IRVIN CAN ALSO LEARN FROM NASH(IF HE DIDNT RETIRE)….AND THEY CAN ADD OTHER YOUNGSTERS TO CHEAPER BUT LONGER CONTRACTS THUSLY TO KEEP A FULL TEAM TOGETHER FOR AT LEAST 4 YEARS…..
    AND THEY ALL CAN LEARN THE KILLER ATTITUDE OF THE MOMBA

  • ersliva

    so little jimmy better build a dynasty from all the money he has next year free

  • jd

    Paul George don’t want an asterisk championship… He wants to earn it on a real Basketball team… Besides nobody wants to play with slobber Kobe in smog city.

    • Whiskey Rye Bread

      We have 16, Kobe is better than every pacer player in their history and LA isn’t even smoggy anymore, that was in the 50s.

      Are you stupid?

  • quickster007

    The Lakers tank means making the playoff. If it doesn’t win the championship its a disappointing season.

  • Tony

    GET PAUL GEORGE!!!… FUTURE SUPERSTAR and is FROM LA! We would have a foundation to success for the next 10 years if we do. A perfect player to “pass the torch” to…. Come on Jim!

  • Kobe_24

    we should focus on PG24,okagor and bogut for small lineup outside and twin towers inside….
    if we cant paulgeorge,just bring in rondo or irving but that takes 2 more seasons

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