After the departure of free agent center Dwight Howard two weeks ago, many Lakers fans have their sights set on the free agent class of 2014 that has no shortage of talent and star power. Heading the list of free agents to be are four-Time MVP and two-time NBA champion LeBron James, three-time champion Dwayne Wade and perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
Rumors have been rampant about who might don the purple-and-gold in two seasons but while many of the established stars in the league are unlikely to change uniforms, much of the attention has shifted to lesser-known talents who are starting to make a name for themselves. One of those players is Indiana’s emerging power forward Paul George.
All summer while working out in L.A., George has said that while it’s flattering that people constantly ask him to sign with L.A. in 2014, he’s gotten used to it and recently sat down with CBSSports.com to clear up some of the rumors regarding his impending free agency; “Everywhere I go [in L.A.] they say, ‘We want you here. Don’t sign with the Pacers,’ ” George said. “I hear that constantly. It’s getting a little repetitive … but I’m getting used to it,” he added.
The Lakers are struggling to field a team that can compete in the Western Conference, let alone attract the best free agents in the league come 2014.
“I’m happy to be in Indiana,” George said. “I’m happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn’t be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now.”
While George has been fielding questions about his future, another star in the East, Carmelo Anthony has heard speculation that he too may want to team up with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. He responded to those rumors while leaving a restaurant in Hollywood when a TMZ cameraman caught up to him, “I know the upcoming season is coming up — can you see yourself in a purple-and-gold outfit?” the paparazzo asked.
“Uh, I doubt it,” said Anthony.
Melo then went on to say that he does in fact own a purple-and-gold pair of Jordans.
The reality of the situation of is that unless the Lakers somehow talk Kobe Bryant into taking a large pay cut, they will not have money to sign two max superstars anyway. First they’d ave to find two stars who want to come to L.A.
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