Two hours before NBA free agency opened, the Indiana Pacers knocked over a domino that will impact the Lakers’ 2018 free agency plans.
The Pacers traded All-Star forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, sending him away from their conference, in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis. George is on the final year of his contract after which he plans to become a free agent.
On June 17, George’s agent told the Pacers that he planned to depart in free agency in 2018 and that his preferred destination was to the Lakers. The Pacers, who drafted him 10th overall in 2010, began searching for a trade partner after that meeting.
The Lakers were...