After spending time with Colin Cowherd on ESPN 710AM to discuss the possibilities of joining the Lakers last week, it seems like Paul George can’t escape the continuing speculation that will only intensify throughout the season.
George is currently at USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas and everywhere he goes, there are Lakers fans trying to persuade him to join the team next summer. While it’s getting a little repetitive, he does appreciate people wanting him in the purple and gold, according to Yahoo! Sports:
“I understand it. I can’t really be mad about it. It’s a great feeling when people in the stands really want you.”
Despite all the fans in Los Angeles and Las Vegas trying to woo him to the Lakers, George is happy to be in Indiana and believes it wouldn’t be a smart move if he came to the Lakers:
“I’m happy to be in Indiana. I’m happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn’t be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now.”
While George doesn’t think it would be a smart move for him, he did admit recently it would be difficult saying ‘no’ to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers because of his family and growing up in California. Regardless of what George says from now to next summer, the Lakers will still pursue him in hopes that there’s a chance they can somehow steal him away.
Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that George will leave the Pacers unless something dramatic happens this upcoming season. Since George is a restricted free agent, the Pacers will match any offers that come his way next summer, and the team already plans to make him a major offer.
This past season, Paul George was named the Most Improved Player as he averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.
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