Paul George Thinks Leaving Pacers for Lakers “Wouldn’t Be A Smart Move” Reviewed by Momizat on . After spending time with Colin Cowherd on ESPN 710AM to discuss the possibilities of joining the Lakers last week, it seems like Paul George can't escape the co After spending time with Colin Cowherd on ESPN 710AM to discuss the possibilities of joining the Lakers last week, it seems like Paul George can't escape the co Rating:
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Paul George Thinks Leaving Pacers for Lakers “Wouldn’t Be A Smart Move”

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After spending time with Colin Cowherd on ESPN 710AM to discuss the possibilities of joining the Lakers last week, it seems like Paul George can’t escape the continuing speculation that will only intensify throughout the season.

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George is currently at USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas and everywhere he goes, there are Lakers fans trying to persuade him to join the team next summer. While it’s getting a little repetitive, he does appreciate people wanting him in the purple and gold, according to Yahoo! Sports:

“I understand it. I can’t really be mad about it. It’s a great feeling when people in the stands really want you.”

Despite all the fans in Los Angeles and Las Vegas trying to woo him to the Lakers, George is happy to be in Indiana and believes it wouldn’t be a smart move if he came to the Lakers:

“I’m happy to be in Indiana. I’m happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn’t be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now.”

While George doesn’t think it would be a smart move for him, he did admit recently it would be difficult saying ‘no’ to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers because of his family and growing up in California. Regardless of what George says from now to next summer, the Lakers will still pursue him in hopes that there’s a chance they can somehow steal him away.

Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that George will leave the Pacers unless something dramatic happens this upcoming season. Since George is a restricted free agent, the Pacers will match any offers that come his way next summer, and the team already plans to make him a major offer.

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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  • Daryl Peek

    I would love for George to come home and be a Laker but I respect a player being loyal to the team that they play for.

  • ra

    Well, that’s what he says. What can you say? More importantly, that’s what he says ‘now’. Things can always change.

    For him, it may be a bad move ‘now’. For us, it would be a good move ‘now’. In a year, it could be a good move. If he plays really well, Indiana will offer him something big, and he’s likely to play there.

    If he doesn’t play well, he may think about other options. But then, would we want that here? I think that if we’re going to get marquee players, they have ‘only upside’, and continue to get better (like Kobe).

    We’ve got a whole year to wait and see anyway.

    • Daryl Peek

      I feel you as a fellow Laker fan that wants to see the team get the best and win. Unfortunately we are out of balance since the departure of Jerry West. West was absolutely right when he said things had gotten too cut throat in Lakers land back in 2000 as he left.

      West kept eyes on young talent also. Grooming youth was part of the process when West was still here. Phil helped the abandonment of that side of our Lakers. This is the 5x championship price we are now paying. The one thing I’m worried about with Kupchak and Jimmy, is the grooming of youth.

      There’s entirely too much emphasis on 2014. IMHO the team should have tried to get something for Howard, even if it meant taking on a bad contract like Asik. Draft picks and a trade exception would’ve likely been included. Those are better than the cap space. LeBron and Melo are long shots in 2014. All of this year in advance speculation is bad publicity, and may bite us in 2014.

      • ra

        Can you name a player (recently, in the last decade) who was ‘raw’ and undiscovered and emerged (like Kobe) into a Superstar? I think those days are pretty much gone. We have had, in the last several years, players which showed potential coming out of college, and amounted to just average or ‘ok’ NBA players (mind you, anyone in the NBA is exceptional, but in comparison with Kobe, LeBron, etc. …).

        (well, ‘possibly’ Steph Curry is on another level? others?)

        It seems like the Farm system days are over, maybe for the entire NBA. Just possibly ‘stars’ or ‘average exceptional players’ come out of these systems. And that’s just the draft. Could a team like the Spurs happen again? I think the superstar days are over for a while. The 1990s – 2000s produced Kobe, LeBron, Melo, DWade, Duncan, Parker, Paul, Nash etc. etc. Where are players that are like this? In an even decent quantity? (just Wiggins?).

        OK, so we see that the Lakers are looking for a ‘ringer’ like LeBron, or whomever. Too far in advance, like you say. I’m not sure why 1) they announced it this early, to the entire world and, 2) they announced it at all. I don’t recall Jerry Buss announcing to the world that he’s ‘going after’ a particular player like this.

        • Daryl Peek

          I’ll up the ante by raising it West scouting only… Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Kyle Lowery, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and just about the entire Warriors recently drafted roster. Not all are Kobe level but they are great young prospects.

          Now as for the announcement of future plans. No team can keep things like this under wraps in the big brother era. Especially in a big sports market. The media speculates on every move a team makes with such a finely tuned ESPN microscope/twitter feed it’s impossible to keep the Dr. Buss poker face. West and Dr. Buss didn’t have to deal with this in the 90′s back… Jimmy and Kupchak have a whole new world to deal with. And a collective NBA rebelling against them.

          Again West was dead on in his cut throat assessment of this new age. What we as Lakers fans have to do is hope Jimmy and Mitch can find their niche in this anti Lakeshow new reality.

          • Daryl Peek

            Over the past 15 years it’s become common knowledge certain teams were tanking for lottery balls. West even did it in Memphis trying to land LeBron. The Celtics and Spurs did it for the Duncan sweepstakes.

          • ra

            The players you list are def. exceptional, but as you mention not Kobe level, and not even Melo level. They all have their moments (the young prospects), but again, even that crop of players are not really the ‘elite’ level like Kobe (etc.) that we may have been spoiled with. It’s looking to me like that’s the way it’s going, so the Lakers hope (and plan) is to go after those who are already at the elite level. It’s like the “Expendables” – a collection of the former class of action hero superstars (Stallone, Arnold, Norris, etc.) and there is no real collection of those types anymore (maybe Jason Statham, but Steven Seagal types are few and far between).

            So, even the great Jerry West can only assemble a team that has ‘only reasonably exceptional’ components, and even then, the Warriors couldn’t get past a certain point (not to mention, Jared Jack, a key player in the playoffs, is no longer there).

            The Lakers are in the same if not worse situation. They don’t have West’s vision to assemble a team that necessarily really works together. Maybe they will work in D’Antoni’s system, but jury is out on that until next year.

            Also, agree that maybe the ‘current times’ have media presupposing all things, and even embellishing comments or possible statements. So perhaps the current state of the media (including social media outlets, etc.) hype up what is actually said, or what is occurring. Even so, it is the Lakers best interests to ‘not even barely’ suggest anything that is going on with the team. Jim Buss’ latest outing of Kobe’s condition is a perfect example. He should just keep quiet in public, about anything going on. I don’t care if the media ‘guesses’ what he is doing, with speculations, etc. That type of thing should never happen.

          • Daryl Peek

            Dr.Buss had Bill Sharman and Jerry West as his operational liaisons early on. Kupchak is all Jimmy has. Jimmy has kept a great poker face so far. His comments on Kobe are being taken out of context and over blown. Jimmy said he’d bet Kobe would be back by the start of the season That was a joke given he was in Vegas. Does he believe Kobe will surprise us all in Kobe fashion? Absolutely. But the Jimmy hate is leaning the trend towards the negative side of the meter whether he does or doesn’t speak.

            From my memory, Dr. Buss was more public in commentary than Jimmy is. Jimmy is not going to have the luck Dr. Buss did from the jump. Lakers Nation needs to be patient.

          • ra

            I don’t recall statements in Dr. Buss’s era like “The Lakers are going after Shaquille O’Neal in 1996″. Although it was commonly supposed that would occur, the Lakers didn’t really have a public ‘go out and get someone to be on the Lakers’ persona. This is true even with (especially with) the Dwight Howard saga. The Lakers never intended to ‘go after’ Dwight, publicly, but they landed him for a year. Did we even entertain the possibility a year before DH was a free agent?

            And, in the ‘after season’ meetings, the Lakers (esp. Kobe) didn’t get on their knees and offer the world to him (firing D’Antoni, etc.) to keep him (the citywide ads weren’t really sincere, in my view. Just a last ditch statement). They really didn’t aggressively ‘go after’ Dwight.

            To have a statement like the Lakers are ‘going after LeBron’ is not really in the Lakers’ character or way of approaching things. Players ‘come to the Lakers’ because they want to be here. If any of the FO ever said they were ‘going after LeBron’, my guess it’s either a media interpretation (or supposition – maybe speculative? obvious to us too?), or a faux pas by the FO.

            At this stage, ‘any’ of the players they are allegedly ‘going after’ are a bit more seasoned now, and probably don’t need a dog and pony show, or even a statement ‘we’re coming for you’. If LeBron wants to be here, it’s to be a Laker and in the Lakers culture. And, there are several reasons why it would better (for him) if he doesn’t. But, it will all play out in a year. Way too early to even think about it.

          • Daryl Peek

            I 100% agree on the Stay campaign. And yes, Jimmy has not said anything about 2014. It’s all media driven.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            I see your point there, but the “combinations” of talent, dedication, hunger and the killer instinct of Kobe will never be replicated. That is the same with all the other greats. They have shown something that’s very special and that’s why they are on the pedestal. They only comes once in a blue moon. Kobe maybe cut from the same cloth as Jordan does, though MJ has natural ability, he does not have the same intensity, dedication and hunger. Lebron was a freakish of nature physique and quickness for his size, but he lacks some of the talents that Kobe and Mj has.
            But since playing alongside Kobe (2008), he has seen what the product of work ethics and dedications can do. Now he added that intensity and extra confidence in his arsenal making him a better closer. Also Kobe’s desires for additional abilities were products of dedication and countless times of integrating newly acquired moves to his game, elevating it more to yet another level. There are no textbooks for that. Those are the things that a lot of young players are missing nowadays. They all get paid well and their statues are hyped by the media after a year or so of productive performances. They get stagnant while the few others move up, developed and master the craft.

            At this stage (before the injury) after 17yrs, he does not need to prove anything anymore, and while loosing a couple of steps here and there, he still works harder than anyone, coming out of the barn surprisingly with “new” things he does on the floor, amazes us, the fans, coaches and his colleagues watching him play. Though there are lots of Kobe haters out there that was promoted by the Colorado Fiasco, they are all in denial of accepting that this generation maybe seeing one of the rarest of the rare to step up on the Basketball Game.
            I can see him coming, with these athletic, fresh young guns of Young, Johnson and Farmar shooting lights from downtown. Backdoor passes, Pick N Rolls or Alley Hoops to Hill, Kaman and Gasol. Don’t count this team out yet, we and know what Kobe can do.

        • Daryl Peek

          Think back Ra, Over the past 15 years it’s become common knowledge certain teams were tanking for lottery balls. West even did it in Memphis trying to land LeBron. The Celtics and Spurs did it for the Duncan sweepstakes.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        I totally agree with you. When West left, he took with him that edge of grooming and honing possible stars from the drafts, and the keen eye for potential raw talent. The grooming part of future stars and put complementary pieces around him, creating a very potent roster. Though Mitch is not a slouch, he plays a totally different approach. A short cut at a higher assurance (a more expensive approach) of the equation, removing much of the grooming part and relying a lot more on trades, loosing possible (cheaper) stars in the process, putting the team over the cap every (more than likely) year. He trade our draft selections for experienced players, loosing potential diamonds in the rough. The 2014 with Lebron and/or Melo and/or George are long shots. Remember, these guys are on their peaks and their teams respective prized possessions and though other teams are willing to gamble and open their wallets to pay (millions) more than what they’re worth, they will try to keep them, hope to keeping the prestige and glory of winnings (worth more than money) in the house. It is a billionaires game after all.
        Taking any of these 3 will be nice, a very good dream, and times it stays just a dream, for it is a long shot.
        Occasionally, players bolt and join others, but not just for the money. There are other (family, glory, cohesion, etc.) factors to consider in walking away. Leaving loyalty, team chemistry. But that is something for another story.

  • Jim213

    The Lebron Legone! effect seems to be given serious consideration now. Players are more conscious and nervous of the backlash if they decided to leave a small market for a bigger one.

    However, I respect his decision given that he wants to finish the job as a Pacer just like hometown LA native Reggie Miller.

  • CharlieMurphy!

    It must be pretty annoying for PG to have to repeat his answer every time someone asks him the same question. The season hasn’t even started yet, give him a break! He’s on vacation!

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  • Quino

    Does Lakers have a chance to get Andrew Wiggins?

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