With reports that Paul George intends to explore free agency after next season, with his hometown Lakers as his preferred destination, concerns over possible tampering have surfaced. However, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star writes that the Pacers are unlikely to pursue any tampering charges against the Lakers.
Team president Magic Johnson alluded to George’s situation during a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, and cryptically tweeted “God is so good!” this week shortly after the George’s plans to leave Indiana were reported. However, the Pacers are more concerned with getting value for their All-Star rather than stirring up issues in Los Angeles, according to Taylor.
Taylor adds that new Pacers president Kevin Pritchard hopes to have a trade for George in place ahead of Thursday’s draft.
Below are additional notes from the Central Division:
- The Detroit City Council has voted to approve $34.5MM in bonds to help fund the Pistons‘ move downtown, according to Detroit News’ Jennifer Chambers (via Twitter).
- The Pistons have been in active conversations leading up to the draft and while their No. 12 pick has been on the block for weeks, it may not ultimately be moved, Rod Beard of the Detroit News writes.
- If Chauncey Billups ends up as the general manger of the Cavaliers following David Griffin’s departure, former Pistons assistant GM George David could be brought in to work in Cleveland’s front office, according to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press (via Twitter).
- Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times explains how Greg Monroe‘s player option decision may impact the Bucks‘ draft plans, and explores the team’s options at No. 17.
- The following players attended a pre-draft workout with the Bucks on Monday: Charles Cooke (Dayton), Zak Showalter (Wisconsin), Blake Hamilton (Buffalo), Isaac Hamilton (UCLA), Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky) and Brynton Lemar (UC-Davis).