Because of that, today’s announcement of the league’s All-NBA teams could have a major impact on the Lakers’ ability to add Indiana star and Palmdale native
George was not among the six forwards selected to the three teams Thursday. That could give the
The CBA includes a provision called the designated player exception. If George had been selected to one of the three All-NBA teams this year, the Pacers could have offered him a five-year contract extension worth more than $200 million that would've begun next summer. Indiana will still be able to offer him that same "supermax" contract in 2018 if he makes an All-NBA team next season, but given the subjective nature of the All-NBA teams, and the stiff competition for those six forward spots, doing so is hardly a guarantee.
George can opt out of his contract after next year. If he doesn't become a designated player exception candidate by then, the Pacers could potentially lose him for nothing.
It's no secret George wants to play for the Lakers if he can't win a championship with the Pacers. At February's trade deadline, George's camp made that clear to teams around the league interest in acquiring him. Trading for George wouldn't make much sense unless a team knew it could sign him to an extension. Indiana was swept by Cleveland in the first round of this year's playoffs.
It’s also no secret that former Pacers President
Both of those factors work in the Lakers' favor. That they have the second overall pick in this year's draft, and could choose a dynamic player with it does too.
Today, another one appeared.
The Pacers are now left with a decision about whether to take the risk or try to trade George now and get something in return. NBA teams aren't especially known for their risky habits.