Woj: Lakers still “favorites” to land Paul George

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers
Apr 23, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Cleveland defeats Indiana 106-102. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have invested a lot of capital into bringing multiple star free agents to LA next summer. The two names most often mentioned have been LeBron James and Paul George, two stars who have been linked to the team for months now.

Both situations are fluid and in question, however. James is the best player in the world and near the end of his prime (or so we think) so his willingness to join a young team is definitely a major question. George, meanwhile, is playing on a Western Conference team billed to be a contender despite their slow start to the season.

On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke at length about the Lakers’ upcoming offseason, including their pursuit of three star free agents: James, George, and Pelicans’ big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Wojnarowski makes clear that James would not be coming to the Lakers if another of those targets does not join him, making the need to create cap space even more amplified. George, however, is still a real possibility as Woj explains, saying he believes the Lakers are still the “favorites” to land the star forward.

George’s time in Oklahoma City has been a whirlwind thus far and he hasn’t exactly eased tensions with his recent comments about his impending free agency.

Free agency is still months away, but it’s becoming clear that convincing George first (or trading for him) is the path to success if the Lakers want to bring in multiple stars in 2018.

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