Let’s talk about PG, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. I’m sorry, I know that was corny, but it got your attention didn’t it? And if you don’t get that reference, you and I can’t be friends. With that said, let’s talk about Paul George, the NBA player who is currently blinking all over Laker fans radar. He’s a hometown boy who has openly claimed several times that he grew up a Lakers fan due to him wanting to be like Kobe. Check the jersey number if you don’t believe me. It makes sense that he would want to play for Los Angeles one day, right?
The Indiana Pacers goal is to surround George with enough talent to get him to ink that long term deal, one problem, it’s still hasn’t happened. This leaves the Pacers in a sticky spot, do you risk watching him walk away in 2018 and get nothing in return? Or do you deal him and potentially get something tangible from his departure? According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, sources have said don’t count him returning home to Los Angeles out of the picture quite yet. And let’s face it, maybe a few years ago when the Lakers didn’t have Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, or even D’Angelo Russell, that may have seen a bit far fetched. Who was honestly going to come to L.A. in free agency without the building blocks set in place now? No one. Fast forward to 2018, these Lakers are going to be the ugly girl you should have cuffed in high school that turned out to be a super model later in life.
Now, before anybody gets ahead of themselves, let’s remember everybody and their momma has been linked to Los Angeles in free agency the last few summers. The list includes Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, DeMar Derozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Carmelo Anthony. The list goes on and on, but my point is how many of those guys play for the Lakers right now? None of them. I was talking to my boy Herman and he told me this is something he thinks can happen, and he hates the Lakers so that gave me a good feeling for a second. That was until I told him that we’re a long way away from the 2018, A LOT can happen between now and then. Hell A LOT can happen between now and tomorrow’s deadline.
My warning to Laker fans is this. Yes, Los Angeles now has the team to attract top talent, and yes, the salary cap space to do so. BUT, none of this comes to fruition if newly appointed president of basketball operations Magic Johnson comes in and starts shipping out young guys and blows this place up. The Louis Williams trade made me feel better about the whole situation. Johnson managed to get a first round pick (most likely to trade) and got Corey Brewer, a serviceable veteran who can play minutes right away. Los Angeles’ pick this year is Top 3 protected, at the pace they’re on now, it will remain that way. And if they do acquire that second 1st round pick. I think we can expect to see Paul George in the purple and gold sooner than 2018. Let’s see what happens, we got a long way to go.