George wants to come home.
Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported that George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, has told Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard that he plans to opt out of his contract after the 2017-18 season. Further, George let it be known that he would like to sign with the
It's been a long time since a talented player has been so intent on playing for the Lakers.
In the past few years they whiffed on
“That was something that I didn’t recognize,” Lakers President and co-owner
She overhauled the Lakers’ front office on Feb. 21, replacing General Manager
That projected No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz was willing to work out for the Lakers felt, inside the building, like a sign that the Lakers were once again an attractive destination for stars. George's declaration offers heavier proof.
George grew up in Palmdale, a fan of the Lakers and especially Kobe Bryant.
At the trade deadline, George made no secret that the Lakers piqued his interest. It might have scared away some potential suitors, but then-Pacers president of basketball operations
Bird stepped down from the role this spring, seemingly paving the way for moving George. What also might have helped lubricate the situation was that George did not make an All-
The stark truth, though, is that any team except the Lakers would likely only be getting George on a one-year rental. It's a fact that could depress the trade market for him, to the Lakers' advantage.
Mintz is also the agent for Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle.
Then again, if George will come to Los Angeles in free agency, there might be more sense in simply waiting until then.