Paul George has reportedly informed the Pacers that he’ll leave in free agency at the conclusion of the 2018 season, and his preferred destination is in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. Indiana wil almost certainly try to trade George before the season begins, and Magic Johnson should already be on the phone with Kevin Pritchard to try to acquire the All-Star.
There won’t be a ton of teams willing to give up serious assets in exchange for George, because he can simply leave after one season, and he seems to already have his new team picked out. But if you’re the Lakers, why take a chance?
It’s easy to see a club like Cleveland going all-in on an offer for George to try to win a championship next season, and if he decides he likes contending for titles alongside LeBron James more than he likes L.A., the Lakers will have missed a golden opportunity to finally add an established All-Star to the young core that’s already in place.
The Pacers may not like any of these, but here are five trades the Lakers should immediately offer in exchange for George.
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