Lakers Plan Major Trade Push For Paul George?

THURSDAY, 1:09pm: GM Mitch Kupchak denied any plans to trade the first-round pick as he spoke in an appearance on KSPN-AM in Los Angeles, as Serena Winters of Lakers Nation relays (Twitter links).

“I have no idea where that came from,” Kupchak said. “I’m superstitious enough that I’m not going to look to do something or take something for granted before we have it.”

WEDNESDAY, 12:00pm: The Lakers want to make an aggressive run at trading for Paul George this summer, and they’re willing to give up their 2016 first-round pick and more to Indiana, as HBO’s Bill Simmons hears (Twitter link). Such a proposal would be unlikely to sway the Pacers, Simmons concedes, and the Lakers won’t even have a first-rounder to offer if they slip out of the top three in the May 17th lottery, a scenario with a roughly 44% chance of happening.

It would probably require the inclusion of D’Angelo Russell to prompt the Pacers to consider any such offer, Simmons suggests, noting that Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird isn’t sentimental and will make a drastic move if he deems it necessary, as the uncertainty over Frank Vogel‘s job status demonstrates (Twitter links). George, a native of Los Angeles County, is under contract for at least two more years, with a player option worth more than $20.7MM for the 2018/19 season.

The Lakers reportedly offered last year’s No. 2 pick, which they ultimately used on Russell, to the Kings in trade talks about DeMarcus Cousins this past June. Lakers basketball operations chief Jim Buss faces a self-imposed deadline of next spring to have to turned around the franchise’s sagging fortunes, having said he’ll resign if he fails to accomplish that. The team was a franchise-worst 17-65 this past season.

What sort of offer do you think it would take to pry George from the Pacers? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.

Leave a Reply

49 Comments on "Lakers Plan Major Trade Push For Paul George?"

Notify of
avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
JP
Member
JP
4 months 22 days ago

If they are able to do it without giving up Russell I will be happy.

Bobby Sweet
Member
Bobby Sweet
4 months 22 days ago

After what happened, I wouldn’t be surprised if they give him up. Which would be really unfortunate, because him and Paul George together could be fun to watch.

Adam
Member
Adam
4 months 22 days ago

Indiana should only do it if they get the top 3 pick, Russell, and Randle.

Bill
Member
Bill
4 months 22 days ago

Yeah Lakers aren’t that stupid. Give up 3 potential all-stars for one.

JT19
Guest
JT19
4 months 22 days ago

George is an established all star. Established all star who is still young is worth more than three potential all stars.

CH
Member
CH
4 months 22 days ago

The Lakers dont have enough to offer for Paul George. Russell and their #1 isnt NEAR enough.

hill
Member
hill
4 months 20 days ago

100% agree

Steve in Chicago
Member
Steve in Chicago
4 months 19 days ago

Agree

Ayy-Aron
Member
Ayy-Aron
4 months 22 days ago

No. 2 pick and Randle?

Or clarkson

Ronald Mitchell
Member
Ronald Mitchell
4 months 22 days ago

The Pacers not going to help the Lakers by trading Paul George. Hell the Lakers better hope those ping pong ball roll right for them Philadelphia might end up with their pick. The Pacers know what they got in George. Taking a unknown 1st. Rounder is foolish.

Ryan
Member
Ryan
4 months 22 days ago

Indiana will only do it if they get 5 first rd picks, LeBron James, DRussell, and Jalen Ramsey going to the colts

MT
Member
MT
4 months 22 days ago

The bigger problem for the Lakers isn’t prying Paul George away from Indiana (which would be tough in any scenario), it’s that other teams will also be bidding for him if he’s available. The Celtics are armed with a similar top draft pick, and they have far more assets. Philadelphia’s new regime seems eager to move away from the Sam Hinkie model and would have a lot to offer. The Lakers would need Larry Bird to fall in love with D’Angelo Russell in particular to have a shot.

Gerald Ford
Member
Gerald Ford
4 months 22 days ago

LOL

Thronson5
Member
Thronson5
4 months 22 days ago
I wouldn’t do this trade even if they wanted to which I’m sure they wouldn’t. I would sign DeRozan, still gotta resign Clarkson, would go hard after Lebron and Durant and hope to land one of them. If you get one of them and DeRozan, you trade the first pick, Clarkson or Russell and a future draft picks for Cousins. I know that’s a long shot but I would give it a shot lol. It’s easy to play again but I really hope in the end the Lakers get a lot better this off season without completely getting rid of… Read more »
Ayy-Aron
Member
Ayy-Aron
4 months 22 days ago

PG Russel
G DeRozan
SF Barnes
PF Randle
C Cousins

Instead of Barnes Ideally they’d go after Durant.

the dude
Member
the dude
4 months 22 days ago

It’s really amazing how much Lakers fans think sometimes. Yeah they’ll trade off all the terrible, bottom 5 team players with crappy attitudes and no draft picks to get Cousins & DeRozan. DeRozan isn’t gonna go to the Lakers. They aren’t going to get Cousins. Durant MIGHT talk to them but he’s not going to L.A. either. Lakers fans are the most entitled people in the world sometimes.

McConaughey'sLincoln
Member
McConaughey'sLincoln
4 months 20 days ago

This is true

Steve in Chicago
Member
Steve in Chicago
4 months 19 days ago

Maybe Lebron, Durant, and DeRozan will sign with the Lakers for the minimum, then they can afford to sign more free agents, that way Lakers fans won’t have to suffer through down years like everyone else and they can talk Kobe out of retirement so he can get one more ring.

lakersman16
Member
lakersman16
4 months 22 days ago

I’ll built through the draft if we do obtain the draft pick.

Trading everything for a superstar don’t work in the modern NBA. You need complimentary pieces.

PG is a superstar but see without good supporting cast it won’t even get him pass the first round.

Glo Dameron
Member
Glo Dameron
4 months 22 days ago

You’re forgetting that we have $65M to spend in free agency. If we do acquire PG it will attract other free agents for sure.

wpDiscuz

Get the hottest NBA news and rumors before anyone else! Follow us on Twitter to stay updated: