With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be exploring the market for potential moves.
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.
Sources: Boston, Indy had preliminary talk on Paul George, but there won’t be real dialogue until/unless C’s introduce Nets pick into deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017
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.