Paul George #FutureLaker
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski was at the hub of Lakers news yesterday when Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson brought mass change to the organization. The Lakers used to be a tough nut to crack for Woj, but it seems as the new regime comes in, he definitely has more of an in with the team.
Today, Wojnarowski is again in the center of Lakers news, proposing that Indiana Pacers star Paul George has considered signing with the Lakers in the 2018 offseason. The following screenshot is from Yahoo! Sports/The Vertical:
Safe to say, George would be a huge get for Magic’s Lakers. Has the addition of Magic already shifted the perception of the Lakers to players league wide? It certainly looks like it hasn’t slowed down the “[Insert player] to the Lakers in [year they are free agent]” train at all.
George is from southern California, and as noted above, Johnson’s legacy is well documented with George’s family. The possibility of George signing with the Lakers is undoubtedly an exciting one, but there’s a chance this talk amounts to nothing. What is noteworthy about this report is the fact that the Lakers are seen as a legitimate threat by other teams, warding off potential trades. That is what holds the most weight.
Whether George is traded remains to be seen till Thursday, or ultimately re-signs in Indiana, or actually comes to the Lakers, will have to wait until the 2018 offseason. With Magic and GM Rob Pelinka at the helm, don’t discount the Lakers in any potential free agent meetings.