Lakers rumors: Team interested in acquiring Pacers’ Paul George

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With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be exploring the market for potential moves. 

One of which has quickly become a concerted effort on Wednesday toward possibly acquiring All-Star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, according to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne

The Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams to have inquired about the availability of Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George in recent days, according to league sources.

The 26-year-old is believed to have only have an interest in signing with Los Angeles when becomes a free agent in 2018. This has pushed Indiana to look to add more talent to their current roster to help bolster their chances of winning a title now or move George prior to the trade deadline on Thursday. 

The Lakers possess an intriguing young core group of players such as D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Brandon Ingram that have each drawn significant interest on the trade market. Any talks with the Pacers could involve a majority if not all of these players to get any serious traction in hammering out a deal for the Palmdale native. 

That said, the Boston Celtics have jumped into the mix to acquire the four-time All-Star. The Celtics have much to offer for George with a plethora of draft picks and young promising talent under contract. 

George is in the midst of another highly productive campaign averaging 22.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the field with 6.2 rebounds per game. He is currently in the third year of his five-year, $91.5 million contract. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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