Report: Lakers expected to jump in trade negotiations for Paul George

Embed from Getty Images

The Paul George rumors are finally gaining steam. After reports that the Pacers are looking to make a deal to trade their superstar before he hits free agency, it appears as though the Lakers may finally budge on their previous stance of waiting until 2018.

The reason for the Lakers’ sudden change of heart, according to the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, is rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to add to their loaded core for a chance at another championship:

The Cavs are one of a few teams who may not be dissuaded by Paul George’s reported insistence on becoming a Laker in 2018. They have a core ready to compete at the highest stage and giving George the opportunity to win his first title may take away the forward’s love of all things Lakers.

The Lakers are smartly biding their time to see if the Cavaliers are legitimately in the race. If they are, then they will likely move to find a good package to get George rather than risk losing him this year and beyond.

Of course, the caveat is that the Pacers could be leaking all this information to force the Lakers’ hand into giving more assets for George. But there have been multiple rumors from different sources regarding the Cavs’ interest, making this a very possible scenario.

Buckle up. It’s about to get real.

Advertisements

One comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s